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"You have a bare stage and on that bare stage you have the world.  It can become anything in front of you.  It employs all the arts -- painting, music.  And it's there.  It's primitive, it goes way back and you know and you can feel.  It connects us to our past, our loins, our innermost, that's where we feel it.  In films you still can be removed somewhat...but in the theater, it's you and that three dimensions, and anything can happen." - Al Pacino
From 'Eugene O'Neill A Documentary Film'


"...There's something that happens in your head early in the day when you know that, later that night, you've got to perform the role, the whole role.  You're not doing a minute of it or three minutes, like you do in a movie.  You taxi to the end of the runway and you take off. You know what I mean?  There's no returning - you're on.  It does something to your adrenaline.  It changes your chemistry...."
Excerpt taken from Rick Lyman interview of Al Pacino Published in the New York Times on April 20, 2003.

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The Adventures of High Jump (children's theater) 1962 @ Theater East, New York City
Jack and the Beanstalk (children's theater) 1962 @ Cafe Bizarre, New York City
Hello, Out There 1963 @ William Saroyan Caffe Cino, New York
The Creditors 1965 @ The Actors' Gallery, New York
The Peace Creeps 1966 @ New Theater Workshop, New York


The Indian Wants the Bronx 1966 @ Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater, Connecticut
Why Is a Crooked Letter 1965 @ Fred Vassi Theater of Encounter, New York
The Connection 1966
Tiger at the Gates 1966
America, Hurrah! 1967 @ Charles Playhouse, Boston
Awake and Sing! 1967 @ Playhouse, Boston
The Indian Wants the Bronx 1968 @ Astor Place Theater, New York
The Local Stigmatic 1969 @ Actors' Playhouse, New York


Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?  1969 @ Belasco Theater, New York
Kilroy 1970
Camino Real 1970 @ Lincoln Center Repertory Theater, New York
Rats 1970

Richard III 1972 @ Loeb Drama Center, Boston
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel 1972 @ Charles Theater, Boston
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui 1975 @ Charles Playhouse, Boston
The Local Stigmatic 1976 @ Public Theater, New York
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel 1977 @ Longacre Theater, New York
Hamlet 1979 @ Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival Theater (workshop only)
Othello 1979 @ Lincoln Center Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City (rehearsals only)
The Jungle of the Cities 1979 @ Circle in the Square, New York (staged readings only)


Acting at Lee Strasberg's Studio 1980 @ Strasberg Studios
American Buffalo 1980 @ Long Wharf Theater Company, New Haven, Connecticut
American Buffalo 1982 @ Downtown Circle in the Square, New York
The Hairy Ape 1982 @ Circle in the Square, New York City (workshop rehearsals only)
American Buffalo 1983 @ Booth Theater, New York
American Buffalo 1984 @ Duke of York's Theatre, London
Julius Caesar 1986-7 @ New York Shakespeare Festival Theater, New York


Crystal Clear 1986-7 Workshop only, (original improvisation with Anthony Allen, Philomena McDonagh and Diana Barrett)
National Anthem 1988 On book reading, New Haven, Connecticut
Chinese Coffee 1989-90 Workshop Only
Salome 1990 @ Circle in the Square, New York (staged readings)
Chinese Coffee 1992 @ Circle in the Square, New York
Hughie 1996 @ Circle in the Square Theater, New York City
Hughie 1996 @ Long Wharf Theater, New Haven, CT.
Hughie 1999 @ The Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles


The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui 2002 Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University
Salome 2002 St. Anne's Warehouse
Oedipus Rex 2002 Daryl Roth Theater
Salome 2003 Ethel Barrymore Theatre New York
Orphans 2006 Workshop Production at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles
Salome 2006 Wadsworth Theatre Los Angeles

With Jesse Eisenberg in "Orphans." Photo by Victoria Bellocq.

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For more information and photographs from some of Al's plays click on a link below!  Enjoy!







American Buffalo

Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel

The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui


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