Seinfeld co-creator Larry David has confirmed that he will be making his Broadway debut this winter with his first play. According to The New York Times, Fish in the Dark will be directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro and officially open on March 5 at a Shubert theater to be announced. Despite speculation, Jerry Seinfeld will not be involved with the project (which had been rumored to be entitled Shiva).
David described the play to the newspaper as a comedy with around 15 characters that explores a family death. The playwright revealed that he would portray “somebody very similar to Larry David—it might even by Larry David with a different name.”
“I’ll be without anything that I’ve become used to,” David said about going from TV to Broadway. “I haven’t been in a play since the eighth grade…I seem to remember wearing a dress. That’s it.” No word yet on if David will be wearing a dress on stage once more in Fish in the Dark. The writer and actor did not originally see himself taking to the stage: “I thought it would be pretty cool to write a play someday. I didn’t think it’d be pretty cool to be in it…I didn’t want to do it, but I mean, do you know Scott [Rudin, producer]? He’s a very persuasive fellow.”
David took home an Emmy for the 1993 Seinfeld episode “The Contest." The ninth season of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, created by and starring David, is currently in the works.