David’s first play, “Fish in the Dark,” will open on March 5 at a Shubert theater, which will be announced later.
The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star, who again is no stranger to playing a fictionalized version of himself, began writing the comedy about a death in the family last summer after he was inspired by the death of a friend’s father. When he gave it to Tony-winning producer Scott Rudin, he wasn’t expecting to star in it, but credits Rudin for persuading him to return to theatre for the first time “since the eighth grade.”
“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. It’s not like I would go to the theater and look up on stage and say, ‘I could be in that.’ I didn’t thinking of myself playing the character, but of course I write characters very close to me,” David said. “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.”
“Fish in the Dark” will be directed by Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro, and feature about 15 characters — none of which will be played by Jerry Seinfeld, contrary to reports buzzing around the web at the start of the year. According to David, his “Seinfeld” co-creator was “never” involved in any capacity.