Robin Wright and Richard Schiff to Star in Talley's Folly Broadway Revival

News   Robin Wright and Richard Schiff to Star in Talley's Folly Broadway Revival A Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley's Folly is planned for the 2010-2011 season with previews expected to begin in spring 2011.

Robin Wright
Robin Wright

Robin Wright (“The Princess Bride,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”) and Richard Schiff ("The West Wing"), who will both be making their Broadway debuts, will co-star. Marshall W. Mason, who directed the original 1980 production of Folly, will again direct.

The play, according to press notes, "is a timeless two-character comedy that unfolds on the 4th of July near the end of World War II in the romantic setting of a moonlit boat house in rural Missouri. Sally Talley (Ms. Wright) is the daughter of a prominent local family who is being courted by an unlikely suitor, Matt Friedman (Mr. Schiff), a Jewish accountant from St. Louis.  Both are rebels against the conventions of the turbulent times, and finding each other may be their only chance for happiness."

The production will feature scenic design by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, costume design by Obie Award winner Jennifer von Mayrhauser and lighting design by Phil Monat. (Beatty and von Mayrhauser designed the original production.)

Producers are lighting designer Phil Monat, sound designer T. Richard Fitzgerald and Randall L. Wreghitt.

Talley's Folly made its Broadway debut February 14, 1980, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre following a 1979 Off-Broadway production under the auspices of The Circle Repertory Company.  Mason directed a cast that included Judd Hirsch and Trish Hawkins. The play won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1979-80 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. The new Broadway producers joined with New Jersey's McCarter Theatre to present a production of the play in the fall of 2008, also featuring direction by Mason and starring Schiff.

Theatre and production dates for the Broadway revival will be announced at a later date.

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