Jason Alexander to Star in John Patrick Shanley's Off-Broadway Play

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Jason Alexander

The romantic comedy 'The Portuguese Kid' begins performances in September.

Jason Alexander is returning to the stage.

The actor will star in the new off-Broadway play The Portuguese Kid, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley.

The Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere production will begin performances at New York City Center on Sept. 19 ahead of an Oct. 24 opening. Additional casting and creative team will be announced at a later date.

The romantic comedy sees the Seinfeld alum playing Barry Dragonetti, a second-rate lawyer in Providence, R.I., who is visited by the habitually widowed Atalanta. Intending to settle her latest husband's affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. The scene is further complicated by Barry's impossible Croatian mother, a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers.

Alexander previously made his Broadway debut in Merrily We Roll Along and won a Tony Award for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. He last New York stage performance was in Larry David's Broadway play Fish in the Dark.

The Portuguese Kid marks MTC's 12th collaboration with Shanley, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Doubt and Outside Mullingar, and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck.

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