The upcoming production of Oedipus Rex — starring Al Pacino — will replace the Daryl Roth Theatre’s long-running tenant, De La Guarda sometime within the year. Variety reports that producer Daryl Roth confirmed that the Estelle Parsons-directed play is headed for her theatre on East 15th Street.
The non-traditional theatre space, which has been inhabited by De La Guarda since its 1998 debut, will be the home for the Pacino Greek tragedy. Peter Larkin, the industry paper also reports, will create a “Greek amphitheatre” for the production, which will be produced by Roth, Robert Fox and Amy Nederlander. Oedipus Rex will play in repertory with Oscar Wilde’s Salome, which is also the subject of the new musical The Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
Dates for Oedipus Rex and Salome have yet to be announced.
Academy Award winner Al Pacino will follow his role in the National Actors Theatre's production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with two other theatrical endeavors. First up is a "concert" reading of Oscar Wilde's Salome for the Actors Studio. Estelle Parsons, who is directing the production, confirmed the news to Variety. Pacino, who starred in the 1992 production of the play at Circle in the Square Theatre, will appear in a cast that also includes Marisa Tomei, Dianne Wiest, David Strathairn and Liev Schreiber. Salome will be performed at St. Anne's Warehouse in November.
The industry paper also reports that Pacino will star in the title role of Oedipus Rex, also for the Actors Studio. No dates have been announced for this production, although Parsons explained that the Studio hopes to eventually mount the play at the Daryl Roth Theatre.
Al Pacino made his Broadway debut in the 1969 production of Does a Tiger Wear Necktie?, earning a Tony Award for his performance. He scored another Tony for his role in the 1977 revival of The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. The stage and film actor was last on Broadway in 1996 in a revival of Hughie, which he also directed. Pacino's other Broadway credits include Camino Real, King Richard III, American Buffalo, Chinese Coffee and Salome. He received the Academy Award for his work in the film "Scent of a Woman" and stars in the New Line motion picture "Simone."
Pacino is scheduled to appear in Arturo Ui through November 6 at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.
—By Andrew Gans