Al retired from Vanguard in 2015 and promptly returned to the stage after a 17-year absence. He first appeared after his return in his favorite play, Glengarry Glen Ross, at Desert Stages Theatre. Al made his Studio debut in 2016 in The Herd. Prior to his extended hiatus, Al co-founded the Arizona Shakespeare Festival which later morphed into the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Al has also written many ten-minute plays and two full-length plays.