'Big Bang Theory' Star Kunal Nayyar Sets New York Stage Debut

Meg Perotti
Kunal Nayyar

The sitcom regular joins playwright and castmate Jesse Eisenberg in 'The Spoils,' premiering off-Broadway in May.

Jim Parsons is not the only Big Bang Theory alumnus heading to the New York stage in May.

While Parsons is returning to Broadway as the Almighty in the new comedy An Act of God, his co-star for eight seasons on the CBS sitcom, Kunal Nayyar, will be appearing in the off-Broadway world premiere of The Spoils.

The play is written by and also stars Jesse Eisenberg as Ben, a self-loathing sponge who has been living off his parents and behaving in an overbearing way toward everyone in his life since he was kicked out of grad school. Nayyar will play his earnest Nepalese immigrant roommate. When Ben learns that his grade-school crush is marrying a banker, he plots to destroy the relationship and win her back.

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Produced by the New Group and directed by Scott Elliott, The Spoils will begin previews on May 7 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, with official opening night set for June 2. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 28.

This is the third play by Eisenberg to land an off-Broadway production, following Asuncion and The Revisionist, in which he co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave.

Additional casting for The Spoils is to be announced.

The New Group's 20th anniversary season kicked off with Bill Pullman and Holly Hunter in Sticks and Bones, and currently continues with Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins in Rasheeda Speaking, which marks the directing debut of Cynthia Nixon.

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