Canadian actor Jason Priestley returns to the theatre Sunday night with a production of the David Mamet play “Race” in Toronto.

The former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star plays a lawyer in the racially charged show that’s running at the Bluma Appel Theatre.

Priestley says theatre was the first thing he fell in love with growing up in Vancouver, and he did a lot of it.

The 43-year-old says “Race” contains some gritty, sometimes difficult subject matter and he feels the play will challenge people.

The show marks Priestley’s first live theatre role since 2000, when he starred alongside Edie Falco in the Warren Leight play “Side Man” in London.

He says it took him so long to return to the stage because it’s been difficult to fit a theatre project into his T-V career, which includes the series “Call Me Fitz.”