Al Pacino to Play Tennessee Williams on Stage in 'God Looked Away'

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Al Pacino, Judith Light

Judith Light will co-star in playwright Dotson Rader's glimpse into the legendary American writer's life, which will premiere in a developmental production at Pasadena Playhouse.

Al Pacino will star as Tennessee Williams in God Looked Away, a new play by Dotson Rader that looks at the iconic American writer's life and career during a particularly turbulent period.

Robert Allan Ackerman, who directed Pacino on Broadway in Salome in 1992, will stage the drama, which is scheduled for a six-week developmental run, Feb. 8 through March 19 at the Pasadena Playhouse, launching the theater's new play development program, PlayWorks.

Starring alongside Pacino as Williams' close friend Estelle will be Judith Light. The actors have two Tony Awards apiece — Pacino for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (1969) and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1977), and Light for Other Desert Cities (2012) and The Assembled Parties (2013).

Miles Gaston Villanueva, Garrett Clayton, Andrew Dits, Matt Gottlieb and Takuma Anzai will round out the cast.

"As a young playwright, Tennessee Williams premiered two new plays at the Playhouse, and it is fitting that our first PlayWorks production features a revealing glimpse into the life of this great American playwright," said Danny Feldman, producing artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse.

Unconfirmed reports have been circulating since the summer that Pacino was eyeing a return to Broadway in Rader's play, with Eric Falkenstein on board as lead producer. Pacino's last Broadway role was the poorly reviewed David Mamet premiere, China Doll, in 2015.

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