Al Pacino Focus of New Play Big Al at Off-Broadway, Begins Oct. 19 | Playbill

News Al Pacino Focus of New Play Big Al at Off-Broadway, Begins Oct. 19


Many remember the interjection exclaimed in "Scent of a Woman" the Academy Award-winning turn by Al Pacino. While the actor still dazzles audiences on the screen — as expected in the upcoming "Angels in America" — Pacino has recently been a constant name in the headlines of theatre with Arturo Ui, Oedipus Rex and Salome.

Playwright Bryan Goluboff now adds to the list with his new play Big Al at Off Broadway's Arclight Theatre. The production which focuses on a Pacino-obsessed writer will begin previews Oct. 19 and opens Nov. 5 at the uptown Manhattan venue.

Big Al — previously a one-act and 30-minute short film — focuses on a young screenwriter whose fixation with actor Al Pacino fuels his plan to author a movie for the thespian to the point of insanity.

Evan Bergman directs a cast that includes Juan Carlos Hernandez (Play Yourself, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told), Frank Whaley (The Size of the World, The Years) and David Thornton (Some Voices, Girl Gone). Goluboff's other works include In-Betweens (Cherry Lane Theatre), Hey Buddy (American Jewish Theatre), My Side of the Story (E.S.T. Marathon) and The Other Five Percent (La MaMa, Pearl Theatre, and Showtime's Act One Festival). Goluboff also wrote the screenplay adaptation of Jim Carroll's "The Basketball Diaries," and co-wrote the HBO/BBC film "The Affair."

For tickets to Big Al at the Arclight, 152 West 71 St., call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.

— by Ernio Hernandez

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