Larry David to Make Broadway Debut
Larry David is coming to Broadway.
The actor-comedian best known as the co-creator of Seinfeld and star of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm will star in a play that he wrote called Fish in the Dark, according to a report in the New York Times.
The play, which is set to run at a Shubert theater starting March 5, is a comedy about a death in the family, with roughly 15 characters. David would be playing someone similar to himself, perhaps just himself with a different name, he told The Times.
David, who had written the play and had thought it would be cool to do so if he ever had an idea, didn't originally intend to act in it but producer Scott Rudin convinced him otherwise.
“I didn’t really want to do it, but, I mean, do you know Scott? He’s a very persuasive fellow, and I give him a lot of credit for that,” David said. “I had been prepared to just go to some rehearsals as the writer, watch quietly, say a few words, then go to a few performances and pace around the back of the theater, give some notes, pace some more. But now this. Something has gone awry."
He was inspired to write the play by the death of a friend's father but his last experience with acting in a play was many years ago.
“I haven’t been in a play since the eighth grade, when I did Charley’s Aunt. I seem to remember wearing a dress. That’s it. And I’m not even really an actor. But I’m still sleeping at night, and I hope that continues," David said, touching on his apprehension about appearing onstage.
Fish in the Dark will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro, who has worked with Rudin on This is Our Youth, which begins Broadway performances on Aug. 18, and the Tony-nominated Chris Rock starrer The Motherf—er With the Hat. Shapiro won a 2008 Tony Award for staging August: Osage County.
As for Curb Your Enthusiasm, David indicated a new season of the HBO series isn't coming any time soon, in keeping with his recent comments about the show.
"I’m not going to mentally do that to myself right now,” he said. “But if I did do another season, this play would push that schedule back.”