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John Henry Roberts

John Henry Roberts.

After having a blast playing the title role in Nic Dimond’s smash production of Julius Caesar and Sims (“a shrewd mouthpiece”) in Shade Murray’s award-winning Detective Story, John Henry Roberts joined the ensemble in 2004, a few short months prior to the birth of his daughter, Ada Grey. (Ada, incidentally, has a blog where she writes about theatre, adagrey.blogspot.com.)

His favorite Strawdog work includes Old Times, the Good Soul of Szechuan, the Chekhov plays he worked on with Kimberly Senior, and Brian Friel’s Aristocrats, directed by Rick Snyder (for which he received a Non-Equity Jeff nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role). His own play The Sweeter Option appeared on the Strawdog MainStage in 2015. 

Outside of Strawdog, he frequently works with both Lifeline Theatre (where his credits include Hunger, a world premiere adaptation by Strawdog emeritus Chris Hainsworth) and The House Theatre of Chicago (including all three parts of The Hammer Trinity), as well as Writers’ Theatre, Next Theatre (RIP), American Theater Company (RIP), Collaboraction, Theatre Oobleck, and The Neo-Futurists (where his first play, True Dreams of Annie Arbor, premiered).

He made his small screen debut on Chicago P.D. in 2014, and his big screen one in 2018, in the film Widows, directed by Steve McQueen.

Strawdog Cast

Barbecue (Season 30)
James T.

PIllars of the Community (Season 30)
Karsten Bernick

The Night Season (Season 29)
John Eastman

After Miss Julie (Season 28)
John

Big Love (Season 25)
Piero

Old Times (Season 24)
Deeley

St. Crispin's Day (Season 22)
King Henry

The Good Soul of Szechuan (Season 22)
Yang Sun

R.U.R. (Season 21)
Gall

Cherry Orchard (Season 21)
Yasha

Aristocrats (Season 20)
Casimir

Richard III (Season 20)
Richard

Three Sisters (Season 19)
Kulygin

A Lie of the Mind (Season 19)
Frankie

Detective Story (Season 18)
Sims

Three Sisters (Season 18)
Kulygin

Tooth of Crime (2nd Dance) (Season 18)
Crow

Julius Caesar (Season 16)
Julius Caesar

Detective Story (Season 16)
Sims

The Merchant of Venice (Season 16)
Gratiano

Julius Caesar (Season 15)
Julius Caesar

Strawdog Creative Team

Masque Macabre (Season 31)
Author

The Sweeter Option (Season 27)
Author