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by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Stephanie Hepburn

Talley's Folly

       A delightful two-hander involving Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis and Sally Talley, from Lebanon, Missouri. Ariane Barron as Sally Matt has come to Sally's home to woo her in his own gentle way. Both are misfits in the societies they inhabit and this wonderful love story has a charm and perfection all its own without ever being sentimental. Talley's Folly won both the Pulitper Pripe and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It is a complementary piece to Talley and Son which describes the events going on in the house while Sally and Matt try and establish some sort of future for themselves down in the Victorian boathouse.
       The show was staged in the Paramount East with the audience arranged three-quarters round and facing the entrance doors to the performance space. The doors then became the entrance to the boathouse. The set comprised a wonderful collection of rowing boats and bits of sailing tackle, most of which were lent by one of the local marinas. It is extraordinary how generous people can be. At one point we were desperately looking for a damaged row boat and, while driving round Putman Valley, Stephanie saw just the thing. Angus Hepburn as Matt Friedman When she asked at the fishing tackle store nearby if she could "borrow it for a play", Ariane Barron and Angus Hepburn the owner didn't bat an eye. He simply said "sure" and proceeded to tie it on to the roof of Stephanie's voyager with the help of his son and some rope he dug out! Actually, we had quite a job getting it off since they used really good sailing knots. The only set cost we had was $5 for some sacking for the floor. The biggest expense was the lighting. Angus Hepburn played Matt and Ariane Barron played Sally.
       Both Angus and Ariane subsequently appeared in several PRT productions. The Show was stage managed by Chris Osborne and the lights run by Dan Murphy


Talley's Folly
by Lanford Wilson
directed by Stephanie Hepburn


Cast in order of appearance

Matt...........................................................
Sally..........................................................
Angus Hepburn
Ariane Barron

the setting
An old boathouse on the Talley place,
a farm near Lebanon, Missouri.



Production Crew

Director......................................................
Stage Manager.........................
Lights/Sound................................................
Stephanie Hepburn
Chris Osborne
Dan Murphy

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