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World Premiere of John Patrick Shanley's The Portuguese Kid Announced

Tony Award winner Jason Alexander will star in the new play.

Jason Alexander will star in the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley's The Portuguese Kid.
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Manhattan Theatre Club has announced plans to produce the world premiere of The Portuguese Kid, a new play written and directed by Tony, Pulitzer Prize, and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley. The production will begin previews September 19 ahead of an October 24 opening night at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I.

The cast of The Portuguese Kid will feature Tony Award winner Jason Alexander (Seinfeld). The story takes place in Providence, Rhode Island, where habitually widowed Atalanta pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). The plot is described as follows: "Intending to settle her latest husband's affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry's impossible Croatian mother, a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion."

Additional casting, creative team, and other listings information for The Portuguese Kid will be announced at a later date.

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