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"Friends" star Matthew Perry in playwriting debut

6:56pm IST - 01:24

''Friends'' star Matthew Perry talks about writing and starring in a new play, called ''Matthew Perry'', currently being staged in London's West End. Holly Rubenstein reports.

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He spent 10 hugely successful years on our TV screens, playing Chandler Bing, in the hit comedy "Friends". Now, Perry is swapping the small screen for the London stage in "The End of Longing", his playwriting debut. It's about four people feeling the pressures of life as they reach their forties, and the 46-year-old is leading the comedy's cast. He said he was looking forward to a new challenge... SOUNDBITE: Actor and playwright, Matthew Perry, saying (English): "I just wanted to write something by myself because I'd never written anything by myself before. So these monologues came out; that was the first thing that came out, so I realized I was writing a play. And I like the theme of people trying to improve themselves, and that's what came out." According to the play's synopsis, characters Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie are "four lost souls...searching for meaning". SOUNDBITE: Actor and playwright, Matthew Perry, saying (English): "These people are at positions in their lives where generally most people have it all set out already; they're married and have kids. None of these characters are, so they feel a certain amount of pressure to have that in their lives...There's a lot of swearing involved. British audiences seem to enjoy that. It appeals to sort of the 'Friends' generation, 30s and 40s." "The End of Longing" runs at London's Playhouse Theatre until May 14.

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"Friends" star Matthew Perry in playwriting debut

6:56pm IST - 01:24