New Harmony Theatre: Talley's Folly

Talley's Folly
By Lanford Wilson
July 27, 2018 - August 5, 2018


Playwright Lanford Wilson wrote a trilogy about the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. Winner of 1980's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Talley's Folly is the second play in the series.

It is July 4, 1944, and 42 year old Matt Friedman, has shown up unannounced and certainly uninvited to press his suit to marry 31 year old Sally Talley, the spinster daughter of a conservative Protestant family. Since meeting her a year earlier he has written her every day, even though she has only answered a single letter. But as a Lithuanian born Jew, Matt's very existence is a victory over the 20th century's worst events toward him and his family. His love for Sally represents a renewal of his hope for a better world. Sally's origins are quite the opposite; despite her being raised in privilege, Sally has suffered her own disappointments and tragedy. Between them, there is a chance for what has eluded them well into adulthood, love and fulfillment. This is a one act play that begins with Matt telling the audience that 97 minutes will determine everything. And what follows are 97 unforgettable minutes between these two very special characters.

Sunday, August 5 at 2:00pm

Murphy Auditorium
419 Tavern Street, New Harmony, IN 47631

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