In the small town of Dorset there's big excitement for local theater. At the Dorset Playhouse people are pouring in to see the latest production of "The Scene." It's a provocative comedy about the shallowness of the entertainment industry. And who better to play the lead role than someone who knows all about show biz-- actor Tim Daly.
"He's the version of me that goes off the deep end," Daly said of the character he plays.
You may recognize 57-year-old Daly from "The Sopranos," "Private Practice" or countless other television shows, movies and plays. But he might be best known for his role as Joe Hackett on the sitcom "Wings."
Daly is no stranger to Vermont. He studied theater and literature at Bennington College and went to the Putney School at a time he says he needed it most.
Tim Daly: That place and its connection to nature and being outdoors is what made me fall in love with Vermont.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Why did it save your life?
Tim Daly: I was in a bad situation at home and I was awakened by it.
Daly splits his time between New York, Los Angeles and the Green Mountains. He owns a farm in Southern Vermont.
Gina Bullard: Is it an escape for you?
Tim Daly: Yes, it is, but it's not a vacation. I come up here and go to work. I have an 80-acre farm. Every place I look there's a project; "Oh, I gotta cut that tree down, build that."
When he was little, Daly imagined himself playing many roles.
Tim Daly: I seriously wanted to be an astronaut, cop, lawyer, musician. And at some point, I realized I couldn't dedicate myself to any one of them, but as an actor I get to pretend to be all those things.
Gina Bullard: And you're great at all of them right?
Tim Daly: Yeah, I'm either great or terrible, depending on how the role is written.
Playing Charlie as a part of the Dorset Theatre Festival was a no-brainer for Daly. Working with writer Theresa Rebeck, one of Broadway's top playwrights, and being in Vermont made the decision easy.
"There's part of me that's a nature boy and it's a long way to go to balance my life. I'm mostly in LA, New York or up here. I get the crazy city stuff, then I can come here, watch the birds chirp and watch the grass grow."
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