Department of Theatre

Talley's Folly
by Lanford Wilson
directed by Kindra Steenerson

April 15-18 & 22-25
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm
Mainstage Theatre, Cultural Arts Building, UNCW

UNCW Department of Theatre is pleased to announce that all performances are now open to everyone!

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Masks required and all seats are 6' socially distanced.

Digital Playbill.

Livestream performance is Sunday April 18th at 2:00 pm EST link here. (We recommend you log on 15-20 minutes prior to curtain.)

Tally's Folly information and poster image
Talley's Folly poster Funny and hopeful, Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley’s Folly, set in Lebanon, MO in 1944, follows Matt Friedman, a Jewish immigrant and bachelor of a certain age as he risks it all to seal the deal on a past summer romance with Sally Talley. Sally, an “old maid” at 31, whose political and social views make her a pariah to her family and her community, resists her desire for Matt believing a secret she harbors would force him to reject her. Their verbal sparring entertains while laying bare the hidden insecurities that ultimately make them simpatico.
A year into an isolating, frustrating, and divisive year for us all, a play about hope and romantic connection amidst a fractured WWII America feels strangely apropos. Talley's Folly is a testament to the beauty of vulnerability in the face of uncertainty, moving through the fear of the unknown, and holding tight to the persistence of love and the need to belong. It attests to the fact that despite the human propensity toward folly writ large in destructive acts and the demonization of difference, the greatest human failure is to stop searching.