Variety reports that during an interview for the upcoming film "The Merchant of Venice," Pacino said he plans to appear in the Strindberg classic onstage. First performed in 1887, The Father concerns the relationship between Laura and her husband, The Cavalry Captain, and his descent into insanity when the paternity of his child is called into question. 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. Prior to Salome, 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 and Chinese Coffee. He received the Academy Award for his work in the film "Scent of a Woman."
The Father made its Broadway debut in 1912 at the Berkeley Lyceum Theatre. It has since been produced on the Great White Way six times. The most recent production — 1996 at the former Criterion Center Stage Right — starred Frank Langella, Tom Beckett, Angela Bettis, Ivar Brogger, Irene Dailey, Garrett Dillahunt, Gail Strickland and William Verderber.