Off-Broadway Pulitzer Winning ‘Talley’s Folly’ Makes It to Hollywood’s Hudson

Illustration courtesy of Richard Kilroy
The Pulitzer Prize-winning “Talley’s Folly” at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood, California, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson, winner of Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York drama critics Circle award in 1980, has been brought to the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood by Bright Eyes Productions.

The 90-minute play (as you will be instructed by character Matt Friedman, a Jewish man) is set in a dilapidated, but dignified Victorian Boathouse “folly” in Lebanon, Missouri in 1944, where he arrives to plead his love to Sally Talley, daughter of the locally excentric, but conservative Protestant, Talley family.

Photos by Monique A. LeBleu
Brian Chase as Matt Friedman and Theresa Moriarty as Sally Talley in the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Talley’s Folly” at the Hudson Theater Main Stage in Hollywood, California, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

Matt Friedman, played by Brian Chase (Romeo and Juliet/Brighton Beach Memoirs) and Salley Tally played by Theresa Moriarty (Don Giovanni/Dancing in Lughnasa) as Sally Talley, share feelings and trade secrets until Sally gradually awakens to the possibilities of a life for them together.

Director, Set Designer and Artist Richard Kilroy (Broadway in Burbank/Nickel and Dimed) whose art has been featured in films like Titanic, Driving Miss Daisy and Terminator 2, returns once again to Bright Eyes Productions in this fourth directing effort with the company.

Per its press materials, as a non-profit, Bright Eyes Productions “distinguishes itself from other theater groups by focusing on producing new plays with an occasional production from the American canon.”

The New York Post wrote of  “Talley’s Folly,” that it’s “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.”

“Talley’s Folly” runs Feb. 16 to March 11, 2018, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. in the Hudson Mainstage Theater (home of Comedy Central) at 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard. The show is 95 minutes with introductions and there is no late seating. For more information and for tickets go to plays411.com.

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Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, shameless foodie and wineaux. Her love of film history and a background in film production, post production and film theory give her unique insights into her movie reviews, and a brief background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater and film. As a foodie, living in the ever-growing and diverse culinary landscape that is the City of Los Angeles feeds her never-ending pursuit of the perfect comfort food. She lives in the hope that someday she'll find the world's best Mac n' Cheese to pair with a saucy Malbec.
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