Al Pacino, one of only a few big-name actors who have proven consistent draws at the Broadway box office, has made plans for his Main Stem return, starring in a new play by David Mamet, “China Doll,” lined up for fall 2015.
Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony for her recent revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” will direct the world premiere of the two-character play, which centers on a rich man (Pacino) who’s just bought a plane for his new fiance. On his way out of the office, he stops to give his assistant, the play’s second character, a few instructions and then takes a phone call.
The playwright penned the role of the billionaire, Mickey Ross, for Pacino, according to Mamet.
Pacino and Mamet have a long history together, including the actor’s 1983 role in a Broadway production of “American Buffalo” plus his 1992 gig in the film adaptation of Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He also appeared in a 2012 Broadway revival of the same play, in which he portrayed a different role than the one he played in the movie.
That 2012 revival turned a profit thanks in large part to Pacino’s presence on the marquee. His 2010 stint in “The Merchant of Venice” proved a mega-seller.
“China Doll” is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler, whose string of Mamet productions have including two revivals of “Glengarry” as well as “Speed-the-Plow” and “Race.”
Theater, exact dates and additional casting for “China Doll” have yet to be set.