TheaterMania Reports: "Friends" Star David Schwimmer Brings "Detroit" to New York City

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The popular actor previews Lisa D'Amour's Off-Broadway play, "Detroit", talks about fatherhood, and shares his feelings about a musical version of "Friends".

Amy Ryan and David Schwimmer (© Tristan Fuge)

TheaterMania interviewed long-time "Friends" star David Schwimmer about his new stage venture, co-starring with Oscar and Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan in the Playwrights Horizons production of Lisa D'Amour's "Detroit". He recently spoke about his return to the New York stage, how fatherhood is affecting him, his plans for the future, and his thoughts on musicalizing his hit television series "Friends". The following is an excerpt from the interview.

THEATERMANIA: What made you decide to come back to New York theater now?
DAVID SCHWIMMER: The last several years I've been directing movies, and each movie takes so long to actually develop and shoot and do the post-production -- especially "Trust". Then my wife (Zoe Buckman) and I had a baby, so I wanted to be home a lot, but I've been chomping to get back on stage. So, when "Detroit" came about, I jumped.

THEATERMANIA: What did you think when you first read the script?
DAVID SCHWIMMER: I just thought it was fantastic for several different reasons. I thought, "Wow, this is really funny, but really unsettling." It was unnerving, but it tapped into something that I felt was really powerful and relevant and timely about the climate of the country right now. I felt like it tapped into a kind of vulnerability and an insecurity in that we are in financially troubling times. All of that combined, plus hundreds of other things that are happening in science and technology and health, it seems like there's a kind of anxiety that we can't really find solid ground. "Detroit" demonstrates that feeling of uneasiness.

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