NEW YORK — "True Blood" star Chris Bauer is going to be sinking his teeth in a new play.

The Atlantic Theater Company said Thursday that Bauer will star in a production of "What Rhymes With America" by Melissa James Gibson. Previews begin Nov. 19. The play opens Dec. 12.

The cast also includes Aimee Carrero, Seana Kofoed and Da'Vine Joy Randolph.

Bauer plays Detective Andy Bellefleur in "True Blood" and is known for his role as union boss Frank Sobotka on the TV series "The Wire." He made his Broadway debut in "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 2005.

The company says the new play is "about estrangement and the partially examined life." Gibson, a staff writer on the FX show "The Americans," also wrote the play "This."