Lee Theatre presents ‘Tal­ley’s Folly’

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One night in the lives of two un­likely sweet­hearts will be pre­sented by Lee Theatre, be­gin­ning Fri­day, Sept. 28, in the Buzz Oates Black Box Theatre on the Lee Univer­sity cam­pus in Cleve­land, Ten­nessee.

The set­ting for “Tall ey’s Folly,” a Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play by Lan­ford Wil­son, is a de­serted Vic­to­rian boathouse on the Tal­ley farm on the Fourth of July.

“This play is a beau­ti­ful ex­plo­ration of two hurt­ing peo­ple who find one an­other de­spite chal­lenges,” says Dr. Chris­tine Wil­liams, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of theatre.

“Tal­ley’s Folly,” di­rected by Lee stu­dent Anna Marie Bren­del, is set in Le­banon, Mis­souri, in 1944. It fol­lows the love story of Matt Fried­man, an ac­coun­tant from St. Louis, who has ar­rived in Le­banon to plead his love to Sally Tal­ley, who re­buffs his af­fec­tions for fear of her fam­ily’s dis­ap­proval of their union.

Bren­del is se­nior dou­ble ma­jor­ing in theatre and mu­sic.

“This play is un­like any play I’ve en­coun­tered up to this point, both in for­mat and in sub­ject mat­ter,” says Bren­del. “It deals so beau­ti­fully with such poignant con­tent all the while danc­ing around a love story be­tween two peo­ple who be­lieve them­selves unlov­able. There’s a charm­ing fa­mil­iar­ity in the shared ex­pe­ri­ences of these char­ac­ters, which I’m sure will move the hearts of our au­di­ences.”

Per­for­mances are set for 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day-Satur­day, Sept. 28-29, and Thurs­day-Satur­day, Oct. 4-6.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the Box Of­fice in the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Arts Build­ing Mon­day through Fri­day, 3- 6 p. m., and one hour be­fore cur­tain time. Tick­ets are $10 adults, $7 chil­dren, se­nior adults and stu­dents. Tick­ets may also be pur­chased on­line at www.show­clix.com/.

“This is a charm­ing and mov­ing evening of the­ater,” says Wil­liams. “Anna Marie has im­pressed us with her work on our stage for sev­eral years, and she has proven her­self to be a strong di­rec­tor.”

Lee Theatre re­com- mends “Tal­ley’s Folly” for ages 12 and up. No babes in arms.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www. lee­u­ni­ver­sity. edu/ theatre.


Sally Tal­ley, played by Emma Ri­ley, and Matt Fried­man, played by Scott Rust, are the two leads in “Tal­ley’s Folly.”

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