Photos: Gerry Goodstein

Downstairs - A world premiere by Theresa Rebeck
June 22 – July 8, 2017

Tyne and Tim Daly star in this thought-provoking family drama. Irene’s brother Teddy has moved back home and is living in her basement. Her husband is less than thrilled about this. And Teddy is more than a little off his game. As brother and sister struggle to understand their present and past, questions of betrayal, disappointment, and madness rise and fall. Who is saving whom?

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Kim Beaty



Tim Daly* (Teddy) is an Emmy-nominated actor, director, producer and philanthropist, beloved by Dorset Theatre Festival audiences for his critically acclaimed performances as Mark Rothko in Red by John Logan and in The Scene by Theresa Rebeck. Downstairs will mark the third collaboration between Tim and director Adrienne Campbell-Holt. Tim’s other theatre credits include The Exonerated; Six Degrees of Separation; The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial; Henry Flamethrowa; Coastal Disturbances; Oliver, Oliver; Buried Child, and most recently, The Ruins of Civilization for the Manhattan Theater Club. Since 2014, Tim has played the role of Henry McCord in the hit CBS series Madam Secretary. He is also well known for his past roles as Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings, as Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: The Animated Series, and as the drug-addicted screenwriter J.T. Dolan on The Sopranos, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Behind the camera, Tim produced the documentary film Poliwood, directed by Barry Levinson. He also produced and starred in Edge of America, which earned the Humanitas Prize, Peabody Award, Writers Guild Award and Directors Guild Award. Tim is also the longtime president of The Creative Coalition, which is a non-profit, non-partisan, social and political advocacy organization in which members of the entertainment community promote issues of public importance, specifically in the areas of First Amendment rights, arts advocacy and public education.


Tyne Daly* (Irene) is an accomplished American stage and screen actress best known for her work on the acclaimed television series Cagney & Lacey as title character Detective Mary Beth Lacey alongside Sharon Gless as Detective Christine Cagney. The two won the series a record six Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Leading Actress in a row, which remains unmatched to this day. Tyne’s performance earned her four of the six Emmy Awards. Tyne is also well known on television for her role as social worker Maxine Gray, who was the mother to the show’s title character on the CBS drama Judging Amy (1999-2005). More recently, Tyne can be seen alongside Sally Field in the feature film Hello, My Name is Doris. Tyne will next appear in Spiderman: Homecoming as Anne Marie Hoag for Sony/Marvel to be released July 2017. Tyne has been in Broadway stage productions since 1967, including hits like Gypsy, (1989) for which she won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, The Seagull (1992), as well as Rabbit Hole (2006) where she played the mother of the protagonist, played by Cynthia Nixon. Over the past several years, Daly has continued to appear in Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. In 2012, she reprised her role as Maria Callas in the West End Production of Master Class.


John Procaccino* (Gerry) last joined Dorset Theatre Festival for their production of Out of Town. Broadway: Our Mother’s Brief Affair, A Time to Kill, An Enemy of the People, An American DaughterA Thousand ClownsConversations with My Father, ‘Art’. Off-Broadway: Incident at Vichy (Signature Theatre), The Layover (Second StageTheatre), Love and Information (NYTW), Blood and Gifts; Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center), The Qualms (Playwrights Horizons). National tour: The Light in the Piazza. Regional: The Normal Heart (Arena); ‘Art’, Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf); Death of a Salesman (Old Globe); A Prayer for My Enemy, Curse of the Starving Class, A Moon for the Misbegotten (Long Wharf); All the Kings Men, Arms and the Man (Intiman); TartuffeCaucasian Chalk CircleLong Day’s Journey into Night (Seattle Repertory); Dinner with FriendsSide Man, The Crucible (ACT-Theater). Film and TV: A Most Violent YearThe Runner Stumbles, Three Fugitives, Born to Be Wild, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Northern Exposure, SmashThe Good Wife, Elementary, Braindead, The Good Fight, The Americans.


Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. Theresa is the author of three novels: Three Girls and Their Brother, Twelve Rooms With A View, and I’m Glad About You, which was recently released in February 2016. For television, Theresa has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch. She is also the creator of the NBC drama Smash. Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, which is an adaptation of her play, The Scene.

Creative Team

Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company, and the Associate Director of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Recent: world premiere of Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira starring Jimmi Simpson (Colt Coeur), Cal in Camo starring Paul Wesley and David Harbour (Colt Coeur/Rattlestick), Kings by Sarah Burgess (workshop production, WP Theater), The Surgeon and her Daughters by Christopher G. Nuñez (Cherry Lane), The Nest by Theresa Rebeck (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur @ HERE), 52nd to Bowery by Chiara Atik (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), REUNION by Greg Moss (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE). Other productions: Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival, VT), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), world premiere of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE). Adrienne is a Time Warner/Women’s Project Lab 2014-2016 Fellow. She has developed work with the Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and EST. Director of #makeitfair. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.

Narelle Sissons (Scenic Designer) previously scenic designed The Way of the World, The Whore and Mrs. Moore, Clybourne Park and Out of The City for Dorset Theatre Festival. Broadway: All My Son’s at The Roundabout Theatre. Off-Broadway: How I Learned To Drive, Stop Kiss, In The Blood, Kit Marlowe, Julius Caesar and Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theatre). Other NYC: Mabou Mines, LAByrinth Theatre Company (member), Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, TACT  Epic Theatre Ensemble and CSC. International: Jesus Hopped the A Train (London and New York), Mabou Mines Dollhouse (USA and World Tour), The Syringa Tree(Vienna, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany), No Child (Edinburgh Festival), Sokrates (VAT Theatre Estonia). Nominations/awards: Fulbright Specialists grant, Drama Desk nomination, two Helen Hayes nominations, American Theatre Wing nomination, Elliot Norton Nomination, Kevin Kline Award, Back Stage West Award and Exhibitor at Prague Quadrennial 2007 and 2011. Narelle is a graduate of Central St. Martins and The Royal College of Art in London.

Charles Schoonmaker (Costume Designer) is happy to be back at Dorset Theatre Festival, where he previously costume designed Table Manners, The Whipping Man, and Red. Charles is the recipient of four Daytime Emmy Awards for his work in television and an IRNE Award for best costume design for Venus in Fur at the Huntington Theatre. Other Boston stages: North Shore Music Theatre, Speakeasy Stage, Lyric Stage, Arts Emerson, Boston Baroque, and the Israeli Stage Company. Berkshires credits: Berkshire Theatre Group, The Chester Theatre Company and seven seasons as the resident costume designer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Television: Another World, All My Children, and As the World Turns. He teaches costume design at Bennington College.

Michael Giannitti (Lighting Designer) has been with Dorset Theatre Festival for 8 years, the first 6 as producing director. His lighting designs include the original Broadway production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, 45 productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC (including five years as resident lighting designer), 26 productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and multiple productions at Trinity Rep, Capital Rep, Portland Stage, Shakespeare & Company, and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. He’s also designed for Barrington Stage, Chautauqua Theater Company, Virginia Stage, Indiana Rep, George Street Playhouse, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Huntington, Yale Rep, and Olney. New York lighting designs include Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce, The Kitchen, Here Arts Center, P.S. 122, La Mama, and Sounding Beckett, originally produced at the Library of Congress. He has been on the Bennington College Faculty since 1992. As a Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient, he taught in New Zealand and Romania. MFA: Yale School of Drama; BA: Bates College.

ML Dogg (Sound Designer) previously designed The Way Of the World, Red, and The Scene for Dorset Theatre Festival. He has also designed for such companies as TheaterWorks, The New Group, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Primary Stages, Page 73 Productions, Playwrights Horizons, American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Cherry Lane Theatre, Waterwell Productions, Colt Coeur, MCC Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Royal National Theatre, Debate Society, Ars Nova, Keen Company, South Coast Repertory, Signature Theatre, Pearl Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Almeida Theatre, Public Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Nicholas Ward Productions, 13P, Women’s Project, Classic Stage Company, and Shakespeare and Company. Broadway: Oh, Hello On Broadway; The Pee-wee Herman Show. ML Dogg has been nominated for Drama Desk, IRNE, and IT awards and is the winner of a Lucille Lortel Award for Here Lies Love and a fringeNYC award for Go-Go Kitty, GO!.

Will Rucker* (Stage Manager) does theatre and events in New York City. As a stage manager of new plays, he’s worked on War (Yale Rep); A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm); The Ballad of Ella Mae (Working Theater); The Way of the World (Dorset Theatre Festival); Sagittarius Ponderosa, Cardboard Piano (Yale School of Drama). Will is a production stage manager for the New Voices Festival at The New School for Drama. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where he was an artistic director of the Yale Cabaret. Will has worked as a director, performer, producer, and production manager, and he has taught theatre in Virginia juvenile detention centers. He is a founding member of

*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Downstairs” – Berkshire Bright Focus
“Daly Siblings Finally Together in Dorset’s Downstairs” – Bennington Banner
“Arts This Week: Downstairs” – WGBH Boston
“Stagestruck: Brother/Sister Act” – The Valley Advocate
“Rebeck’s Tragic Puzzle Solved in Downstairs” – Times Argus

Advance Press

“A Related Matter” – The Boston Globe
“Tyne Daly, Tim Daly, And John Procaccino In World Premiere Of Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairs At Dorset Theatre Festival” – WAMC’s The Roundtable
“Theresa Rebeck And Adrienne Campbell-Holt Discuss Premiere Of Downstairs At Dorset Theatre Festival” – WAMC’s The Roundtable
“What Play Finally Brought Tim and Tyne Daly Together Onstage?” – Playbill
“In New Play About Family, Tim and Tyne Daly Bring Sibling Star Power to Dorset Playhouse” – VPR
“Tim and Tyne Daly Star Together for the First Time.” – WNYC: The Leonard Lopate Show
“The Daly Show is Coming to Vermont as Tim and Tyne Appear Together Onstage” –ZealNYC
“Photo Coverage: Tim and Tyne Daly Prep for Downstairs at Dorset Theatre Festival” –Broadway World
“Go Inside the Rehearsal Room of Downstairs Starring Tim and Tyne Daly” –Playbill
“Tim Daly and Tyne Daly: Together at Last” –Stratton Magazine
“Tim Daly: Mr. Madam Secretary” –NPR’s Ask Me Another
“Dorset Theatre Festival 2017 Season” –More Theatre Talk
“Tyne Daly and Tim Daly Will Star in World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck Play” – Playbill
“42 Essential Arts Events You Won’t Want to Miss This Spring and Summer” –Boston Globe Magazine
“Daly Siblings to Make First Stage Appearance in DOWNSTAIRS at Dorset Theatre Festival” –Broadway World

Dates & Times

Approximate Run Time: 1 hr. 50 minutes with no intermission.
Please be advised this production includes strong language.

Thurs. 6/22 7:30 PM (Preview)
Fri. 6/23 7:30 PM (Opening with reception to follow)
Sat. 6/24 7:30 PM
Sun. 6/25 2 PM
Wed. 6/28 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Thurs. 6/29 7:30PM
Fri. 6/30 7:30 PM
Sat. 7/1 7:30 PM
Sun. 7/2 2 PM*
Wed. 7/5 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Thurs. 7/6 7:30 PM
Fri. 7/7 7:30 PM
Sat. 7/8 2 PM & 7:30 PM

*Post-show talk back to follow

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