He is a crusty old sea captain, a prisoner of his wheelchair and his deranged daughter. Sometime this week, with a bullet lodged in his chest, he will rescue a pregnant woman his daughter is holding hostage in the lighthouse.
It is not an unlikely plot in soapdom, but the role is played by a surprising new face in daytime TV: Athol Fugard, the noted South African playwright now appearing on Broadway in "Road to Mecca."
Fugard makes his soap opera debut tomorrow on ABC's "One Life to Live" (2 p.m. on Channel 6) and will appear through Sept. 19. Also tomorrow, talk show host Dick Cavett makes his sixth appearance on a soap opera in a two-day run as an Atlantic City magician on NBC's "Another World" (2 p.m. on Channel 3). They are the latest on a long list of celebrities who have appeared on soap operas in recent years.