TalleyÕs Folly

Talley’s Folly

By Lanford Wilson
Directed by John Lepard
June 26 – August 3, 2008

Winner of both the 1980 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best play of the season. Part of a cycle of plays begun with “Fifth of July,” “Talley’s Folly” deals with the courtship of the young Sally Talley and her Jewish suitor, Matt Friedman. The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible, but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, confessing his innermost secrets and learning hers as well, and it becomes clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other.

Made possible with the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.


Wayne David Parker and Kate Peckham

Performance Schedule

Thursday and Friday evenings at 8pm
Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

Ticket Prices

Pay-What-You-Can ~ Thursday, June 26
Preview performances ~ $15, June 27 – July 3
Thursday evenings ~ $18
Friday and Saturday evenings ~ $24
Saturday and Sunday matinees ~ $20

In The Press

“…Mr. Wilson is one of our most gifted playwrights, a dramatist who deals perceptively with definably American themes – he introduces us to two wonderful people, humanizing and warming them with the radiance of his abundant talent. TALLEY’S FOLLY is a play to savor and cheer.” – NY Times.

“It is perhaps the simplest, the most lyrical play Wilson has written “a funny, sweet, touching and marvelously written and contrived love poem for an apple and an orange.” – NY Post.