Al Pacino's Broadway-Aimed Tennessee Williams Play May Have L.A. Tryout

News   Al Pacino's Broadway-Aimed Tennessee Williams Play May Have L.A. Tryout
The Oscar-winning actor appeared with Judith Light in a reading of When God Looked Away.
Al Pacino and Tennessee Williams
Al Pacino and Tennessee Williams Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Showbiz411 reports that Tony winner Al Pacino is looking to open his new stage project, Dotson Rader's play When God Looked Away, in Los Angeles before moving it to Broadway.

The website quoted an unnamed source saying, “Al had such a bad time with reviews in David Mamet’s China Doll last year [on Broadway], he wanted to do a soft opening far from Broadway first.”

No date for the tryout was reported.

Pacino took part in an August 13-14 Los Angeles reading in which he played A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof playwright Tennessee Williams. Tony Award winner Judith Light portrayed a friend who is called to Williams’ side later in life. Miles Villaneuva (The Young and the Restless) played Williams’ lover.

As previously reported, the play is being developed for Broadway, adapted from Rader’s 1985 Williams biography. The site reports that lead producer Eric Falkenstein is looking for a Broadway theatre for the 2016-17 season.

Showbiz411 quoted Villanueva as saying, “Al is incredibly warm, sensitive, sincere, and so generous. He is incredibly funny both as himself, and in the role that he is playing, and is insightful and creative. [He] was so encouraging, and he would give me positive feedback on certain things. After we all did our first run-through you could see the excitement on Al’s face, and he said, ‘Can you just imagine what this would be like if we were running this for a few months?’ Our bond was offstage and on, and when you bond offstage, there is more depth on stage.”

The reading of When God Looked Away was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman. Costumes will be by Donna Granata.

(Updated August 23, 2016)

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