Downstairs

Stepping Downstairs

As we’ve grown our family of artists over the past 34 years, it is always especially fulfilling to bring back a playwright we consider one of our most supportive and dedicated family members. In 2014, we were fortunate to produce Theresa Rebeck’s wonderfully fierce and hilarious Poor Behavior during our tenure at The Duke on 42nd Street. Two years later, Theresa contributed a fantastic short work to Morning in America, our special evening of one-act plays and sketches written in response to the 2016 election. Theresa has also been kind enough to lend her home in Vermont for writers’ retreats we’ve held over the years for our writers groups and Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). She is a beloved member of this family and one of the reasons Primary Stages feels like ‘home’ to so many artists.

At its core, Theresa’s newest play, Downstairs, is about family and home. Fittingly, Theresa wrote the play specifically for real-life siblings Tim Daly and Tyne Daly, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them, as well as co-star John Procaccino and director Adrienne Campbell-Holt, into the fold. They comprise a unique artistic family well-suited to tackle the intricate dynamics found within this suspenseful tale. While the play deals with the complexities of power and fear on a domestic level, it also echoes much of what is happening in the world today on a global scale. Secrets are held tight… the perfect life is not what we think it to be… aggression becomes manifested in a way that leads people to feel both out of control and under tight grips.

Ultimately, the play speaks to what it takes to be a good person standing out amongst the bad. Luckily at Primary Stages, we are surrounded by truly good people. Our artists, our staff, and patrons like you make up this wonderful, close-knit group of theater lovers dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting season after season.

Thank you for making Primary Stages your Off-Broadway home,

The Primary Stages Family

 

The Primary Stages production of Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck runs through December 22, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information and more!

Meet the Cast of DOWNSTAIRS

Tim Daly headshot TIM DALY (Teddy). Broadway and Off-Broadway: Coastal Disturbances (Theatre World Award); The Caine Mutiny Court Martial; Oliver, Oliver (MTC); Fables for Friends (Playwrights Horizons); Henry Flamethrowa (Studio Dante). Regional: Six Degrees of Separation, Cabaret & Main, A Study in Scarlet, A Knife in the Heart (Williamstown); Colorado Catechism (Dramalogue Award, Coast Playhouse); The Lion in Winter (Windham Rep.); Mass Appeal, Fifth of July, Bus Stop, Of Mice and Men, Buried Child (Trinity Square Repertory); Paris Bound (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Red, The Scene, Downstairs (Dorset). Film: Low Down, Against the Ropes, Bereft (also director and producer), The Object of My Affection, The Associate, Love or Money, Diner. TV: “Madam Secretary,” “Private Practice,” “The Sopranos” (Emmy Award nomination), “Edge of America” (Producer, Peabody and Humanitas Awards), “Execution of Justice” (Executive Producer, GLAAD Award), “Poliwood” (Executive Producer), “The Nine,” “Eyes,” “The Fugitive,” “Wings,” “Almost Grown.”

Tyne Daly HeadshotTYNE DALY (Irene) made her professional debut at the Cherry Lane Theatre in George S. Kaufman’s The Butter and Egg Man in 1966. She is delighted to have been invited to play here again.

 

 

 

 

 

John Procaccino headshot

JOHN PROCACCINO (Gerry). Broadway: Our Mother’s Brief Affair, A Time to Kill, An Enemy of the People, An American Daughter, A Thousand Clowns, Conversations with My Father, Art. Off-Broadway: Love and Information (NYTW); Blood and Gifts, Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center); The Qualms (Playwrights Horizons); Incident at Vichy (Signature Theatre). 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); Tartuffe, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Seattle Repertory); Dinner with Friends, Side Man, The Crucible (ACT-Theater). Film and TV: A Most Violent Year, Little Men, The Runner Stumbles, Three Fugitives, Born to Be Wild, “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Northern Exposure,” “Smash,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Americans.”

 

The Primary Stages production of Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck runs through December 22, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information and more!