In the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson, Matt Friedman is still interested in being romantically involved with Sally Talley. In post-World War II America, Matt returns to his hometown and he and Sally meet in the family boathouse, which serves as the perfect setting for their sometimes contentious, often comical and always genuine meeting. Together they discover whether or not they are meant for one another.
Talley’s Folly focuses on the relationship between a Jewish immigrant named Matt Friedman and Sally Talley, a nurse. Set just after World War II, Talley’s Folly focuses on Matt’s attempt to court Sally and her ill-feelings about the future. Set in small-town middle-America, Talley’s Folly offers playgoers two amazingly complex and genuine characters. Matt, who has always kept people at a distance, has decided to try to convince Sally that they are meant for each other and that they can make a life together in what is an unpredictable world. Sally must wrestle with a deep secret that she feels will surely negate Matt’s love for her. The two-character play takes us on an unpredictable journey through a labyrinth to the heart of love, caring and family.
Lanford Wilson is known for writing plays that are character driven, offering a style that is both realistic and poetic. Talley’s Folly, which is directed by Michael Wilson (The Best Man), features a man and a woman in a courting dance that is revelatory, funny, dramatic and always interesting. This is a beautifully written play that warms the heart.
Written by Lanford Wilson
Director Michael Wilson
Set Designer Jeff Cowie
Lighting Designer David C. Woolard
Matt Friedman Danny Burstein
Sally Talley Sarah Paulson
Laura Pels Theatre
111 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Preview: Feb. 8, 2013 Open: Mar. 5, 2013 Status: Open. Limited run, closing May 12, 2013