Tim and Tyne Daly to appear together at Dorset Theatre Festival


DORSET — Over their long careers, brother and sister Tim Daly and Tyne Daly have never appeared on stage together.

That will change when the Dorset Theatre Festival opens its 40th anniversary season with the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's "Downstairs," starring the siblings in the roles of brother and sister.

"Downstairs," under the direction of Resident Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt, will runs for 16 performances between June 22 through July 8, with all performances at the Dorset Playhouse on 104 Cheney Rd.

Downstairs is a thought-provoking family drama written with Tim and Tyne in mind. It follows the story of Eileen (Tyne Daly), whose brother Teddy (Tim Daly) has decided to move home and live in her basement. As the brother and sister struggle to understand their present and their past, questions of betrayal, disappointment, and madness rise and fall.

"It is always a gift to collaborate with Theresa, our resident playwright, but to bring in such a cast—and in particular, to have Tim and Tyne working together in a play written just for them — is a dream come true. It doesn't get any better than this," artistic director Dina Janis said.

Tim Daly 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 Campbell-Holt.

Tim's other theater 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.

Tyne Daly is an accomplished American stage and screen actress best known for her work on the acclaimed television series "Cagney & Lacey" alongside Sharon Gless. The two won the series a record six Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Leading Actress in a row, with Tyne winning four of the six Emmys. 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). Over the past several years, Daly has continued to appear in

Rebeck is a widely-produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. 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."

Subscriptions for the 2017 summer season at Dorset Theatre Festival, which is sponsored for its 40th anniversary season by Manchester Designer Outlets, will go on sale March 1. Single tickets go on sale April 1. The box office may be reached by calling (802) 867-2223 ext. 2 Monday through Thursday from 12—4 pm. For more information, or to purchase subscriptions and tickets online, visit Dorset Theatre Festival's website at www.dorsettheatrefestival.org.


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