Al Pacino to portray Tennessee Williams in play

Actor Al Pacino has been roped in to play playwright Tennessee Williams in the play “God Looked Away”, which is Pasadena Playhouses first production under its new development programme PlayWorks.

Judith Light will also appear in the developmental staging of the new play by Dotson Rader, who also wrote the 1985 memoir about Williams, titled “Cry of the Heart”. The play will focus on a turbulent period in the playwright’s life.

Light will star as Williams’s close friend Estelle. Other notable cast members include Garrett Clayton, Miles Gaston Villanueva, Andrew Dits, Matt Gottlieb and Takuma Anzai.

“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, the Playhouse’s producing artistic director.

“God Looked Away” will be directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, who directed Pacino on Broadway in “Salome”.

The show will run from February 8 till March 19.


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