Riley Bayer plays the part of Lennie, Lennie is a probable mentally handicapped man that relies on co-star Steve Catron’s character George Bayer explains.
“George is really kind of like a father figure to Lennie. Lennie doesn’t really think like you or I would,” he said.
Figuring out how to play a part like that wasn’t easy wither he explains.
“I really had to do tons and tons of research,” Bayer said. “It really didn’t come up in the play, like does he have Down Syndrome, does he have Autism, so it really came down to how I kind of had to take it and just researching. What does he do when he is really happy? What does he do when he is really nervous? Just things like that.”
Bayer says he has been a fan of the play for a long time now, and not just the play, the book also helped introduce him to literature at a young age.
“I love the show so much. I read the book when I was 15 in high school and it really did open my eyes to great literature and John Steinback is actually one of my favorite writers and Lennie is actually my dream-role,” he said.