Jon Bernthal Returns to the Stage in 'Small Engine Repair'

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The former star of AMC's "The Walking Dead" will appear Off Broadway in the fall in John Pollono's play about burnouts in a New Hampshire mechanic's shop.

NEW YORK -- Fans still mourning the untimely season-two demise of Shane on The Walking Dead will be able to see the actor behind that role, Jon Bernthal, return to his stage roots in John Pollono's Small Engine Repair.

A critical hit and multiple award winner in its 2011 Los Angeles premiere production for Rogue Machine, the play was originally scheduled to make its Off Broadway debut during the current season for MCC Theater. But the production was pushed back due to the cast's scheduling conflicts.

Directed by Jo Bonney, Small Engine Repair is now back on track to begin previews Oct. 30, with official opening set for Nov. 18 at MCC's regular Greenwich Village home, the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Bernthal will star alongside playwright Pollono and two additional cast members still to be announced.

The explosive comic thriller centers on three past-their-prime guys who have been buddies since high school. They meet under murky circumstances after hours in an out of the way repair shop, where the arrival of a fourth man triggers long-simmering resentments.

In addition to his role on The Walking Dead, Bernthal was recently seen opposite Dwayne Johnson in Snitch. He appears with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey in Martin Scorsese's upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street. Bernthal and Pollono also worked together on the TNT original-series pilot Lost Angels.