- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - David Hyde Pierce will return to the New York stage in December as an obsessive book editor.

The former “Frasier” star will headline “Close Up Space,” a play by Molly Smith Metzler to be staged at New York City Center. It centers on an editor who is estranged from his daughter until she walks back into his life. Pierce was last on stage opposite Mark Rylance in “La Bete.”

The Manhattan Theatre Club announced Monday that Pierce’s return will be part of three productions it plans for both its Broadway and off-Broadway spaces.

The company will produce Tony Award winning playwright David Auburn’s new play, “The Columnist,” on Broadway in January. It will also produce actress Zoe Kazan’s New York playwriting debut “We Live Here” in September at the off-Broadway City Center.




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