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Playhouse on Park helps one actor grow | FOX61 Student News

For Daniel Danielson, it is a place where his career started.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Story By Daniel Cattelan, Hall High School

Playhouse on Park is open to actors of all ages for those looking to get a bright start in the spotlight.

And for Daniel Danielson, a place where his career dreams become true. “A bunch of friends were like, If you want to work as an ironworker, you could go to the World Trade Center. And on the second day of orientation, there were guys stuck in traffic, going to FDR and I called them and I was like, Yeah, I'll be there. And I was like 2 hours late and they fired me right there.”

“So I was like, Oh, shoot. And my friend was like, Oh, you can do background as an extra just to make some money. So I started doing that and I got called to be on 'Blue Bloods,' and then I was on 'Blue Bloods' for like three seasons.

"And while I was there, the people were telling me what you have to do to become an actor, get headshots, you know, practice monologues.” 

Danielson stars in August Wilson's Fences, which played from November 2nd to 20th. 

“Gabriel was amazing, but it was interesting because I had to make certain choices about his condition, because his condition was that he was shot in the head in World War Two. But some of the words, the way he talks, it was kind of like adolescence. Just trying to develop him as a character.” 

Daniel Danielson was previously involved with drugs and turned his life around to become a success. 

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“Nobody wanted anything to do with me and you can see it. I remember like the week before I got clean. Everybody stay away or we're going to call the cops. And then the last time my son's grandfather said it to me and I was like, What are you talking about? Like what I do. I didn't even do anything.”

“So I couldn't even see, like, how, like like how bad I was. Like, people just didn't want me around. Like, the way I look now is not the way I look bad.” 

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