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Talley's Folly

by Lanford Wilson

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Talley's Folly

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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.


Creative Team


  • 2009 Wilde Award, Best Set, Bartley H. Bauer
  • 2009 Wilde Award, Best Sound Design, Tony Caselli and John Lepard
  • 2008 Pulsar Award, Best Lighting Design, Jeremy Winchester
  • 2008 Pulsar Award, Best Set Design, Bartley H. Bauer
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