Updated: July 2, 2012 8:40AM
David Schwimmer is heading back to the New York stage — by way of “Detroit.”
The former “Friends” star will make his Playwrights Horizons debut this summer in Lisa D’Amour’s play about the tensions lurking under the surface of American life. He will star opposite Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan.
“Detroit” is set in a suburb of that city and centers on a couple who invite their new neighbors over for a barbecue only to slowly find their friendship veering out of control. The play made its debut at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010 with Laurie Metcalf and Ian Barford in the starring roles, but plans to take that production to Broadway did not materialize.
Previews for the off-Broadway show begin Aug. 24.
The play represents Schwimmer’s first return to the New York stage since his Broadway debut in “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” in 2006. He also directed “Fault Lines” at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2008.