By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com August 26 2014 12:10 PM ET
Emmy Award nominee T.R. Knight will return to the New York stage in Pocatello, a new work by out playwright Samuel D. Hunter.
The world premiere production, which is set to begin performances November 21, will officially open December 15 and run through January 4 at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.
Knight's character, Eddie, "manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello — a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises," according to press notes about the production. "But he can't serve enough Soup, Salad and Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home. Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter's Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape."
The Pocatello cast also includes Jessica Dickey, Jonathan Hogan, Brian Hutchison, Leah Karpel, Cameron Scoggins, Brenda Wehle, Danny Wolohan, and Elvy Yost.
Hunter's previous work includes LGBT-inclusive plays The Whale and The Few.
Knight's theater credits include Broadway revivals of Noises Off, Tartuffe, and A Life in the Theatre, but the actor is best known for his role on Grey's Anatomy, a show he left amid controversy in 2009. The actor publicly came out as gay in 2006 after it surfaced that costar Isaiah Washington had called him an antigay slur during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey.
Last year, while appearing off-Broadway in Romeo & Juliet at Classic Stage Company, Knight quietly married his boyfriend of three years, Patrick Leahy, in an upstate New York ceremony.
Playwrights Horizons is currently presenting the New York premiere of Bootycandy, out playwright Robert O'Hara's satirical comedy about a young gay black man's journey of sexual self-discovery.
For tickets and more information about Pocatello visit PHnyc.org.