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Roundabout Announces TALLEY'S FOLLEY Will Complete 2012-13 Season

Roundabout Theatre Company

A new Off-Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play


Will complete the 2012-2013 theatrical season

By Lanford Wilson

Directed by Michael Wilson

Performances begin February 8, 2013, Opening March 5, 2013
At the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce a new production of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Talley’s Folly, directed by Michael Wilson, will complete the 2012-2013 theatrical season.

The limited engagement will begin performances on February 8, 2013 and open on March 5, 2013 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).   

Talley’s Folly is funny and heart-warming play about finding love when you’ve nearly given up looking.  At the end of World War II, Matt Friedman, a Jewish immigrant who has spent his life keeping others at a distance, returns to the small town where he first met Sally Talley. Nothing like her conservative Protestant family and neighbors, Sally is a nurse with deep misgivings about the country’s future. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt has worked up the courage to ask Sally for her hand, and convince her that they do belong -- together. 

This production completes Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season. 

QUOTE FROM TODD HAIMES:  “I’m thrilled with how our 2012-13 season has come together. As the final piece to be announced, Talley’s Folly is a perfect fit. This intimate revival from one of our great American playwrights, Lanford Wilson, provides just the right counterpoint to the sprawling period romance of Cyrano, the ensembles of Inge’s Picnic or Odets’ The Big Knife and the unique musical style of Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  Joining Talley’s Off-Broadway this season, we have new plays from the exciting young British writer Nick Payne and from homegrown playwright Steven Levenson, who was first produced through our Roundabout Underground program. It is very exciting to put together a season with such variety, that features talent both familiar and new, and consistently offers the audience the kind of enduring themes and stories that have come to define Roundabout.”

In the LAURA PELS THEATRE this season, Talley’s Folly joins Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet which is currently in previews, directed by Michael Longhurst and featuring Annie Funke, Michelle Gomez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brían F. O’Byrne.  In the late spring following the limited run of Talley’s Folly, Steven Levenson’s The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, directed by Scott Ellis, will begin performances.

At STUDIO 54, Rupert Holmes’ musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood will begin performances on October 19th, starring Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton & Chita Rivera, directed by Scott Ellis.

At the AMERICAN AIRLINES THEATRE beginning September 14th, Cyrano de Bergerac will begin performances on Broadway.  Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, features a translation by Ranjit Bolt and stars Douglas Hodge,Clémence Poésy & Patrick Page, directed by Jamie Lloyd.  Following that, Sam Gold’s production of William Inge’s Picnic will begin performances in January and then Doug Hughes’ production of Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife starring Bobby Cannavale will begin in the spring.

The sixth season of ROUNDABOUT UNDERGROUND also launches this fall with Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews directed by Daniel Aukin in a world premiere production.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony® Award winning Anything Goeswill set sail on a National Tourat Cleveland’s Playhouse Square in October 2012.  Following its opening in Cleveland, Anything Goes will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season.


Only Roundabout subscribers have first access to tickets!  To join Roundabout visit or call Roundabout Audience Services at (212)719-1300.  Tickets for all fall productions are also available at the American Airlines, Studio 54 and Laura Pels box offices.  Single tickets for Talley’s Folly will be available this winter.


LANFORD WILSON (Playwright) was the author of Balm In Gilead, The Rimers Of Eldritch, The Gingham Dog, Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie, The Hot L Baltimore, The Mound Builders, Angels Fall, Burn This, Redwood Curtain, Trinity, 5th Of July, Talley & Son, Talley's Folly, Book Of Days, Rain Dance and some twenty produced one act plays including Brontosaurus, The Great Nebula In Orion and the paired A Poster Of The Cosmos and The Moonshot Tape. For television: “Taxi!” (no relation to the series) and “The Migrants”, from a story by Tennessee Williams. He also wrote the libretto for Lee Hoiby's opera of Williams' Summer And Smoke and a new translation of Chekov's Three SistersBy The Sea, By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea (of which he wrote one of the three plays) premiered at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York in 1995 and was later done at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in 1996. His play, Virgil Is Still The Frogboy (now entitled A Sense Of Place), was produced by the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, in August and September, 1996. His play Sympathetic Magic was produced by Second Stage in March of 1997. His play Book Of Days was commissioned by the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, where it opened in April 1998. Awards include the Brandeis University Creative Arts Award in Theatre Arts, The Institute of Arts and Letters Award, The Edward Albee Last Frontier Award, The John Steinbeck Award, The Drama-Logue Award (Los Angeles) for Talley's Folly and 5th Of July, two New York Drama Critic's Circle Awards for Best Play (Talley's Folly and Hot L), 2 Obie Awards for Best Play (Hot L and The Mound Builders), an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Talley's Folly). Wilson was a founder (with Tanya Berezin, Rob Thirkield and Marshall W. Mason) of The Circle Repertory Company in New York City and was a resident playwright there from 1969-1995. He was a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and made his home in Sag Harbor since 1970. He died on March 24, 2011.

MICHAEL WILSON (Director) is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.  He received 2010 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his direction of Horton Foote’s three-part, nine-hour epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle.  Broadway: The Tony nominated plays: Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate, and Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April (Outer Critics Circle nom); and the 2007 RTC revival of John Van Druten’s Old Acquaintance. Off-Broadway: Jane Anderson’s Defying Gravity, Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets, Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children (Lincoln Center Theatre), Tina Howe’s Chasing Manet (Primary Stages)Christopher Shinn’s Picked (Vineyard Theatre) and What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons), Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (RTC), among others.  International: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2 (Venice Biennale).  Resident: A.R.T., Alley, Goodman, Guthrie, Huntington, Long Wharf, and Old Globe theaters.  From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Wilson was Artistic Director of Hartford Stage, where he produced the East Coast premiere of Lanford Wilson's Book of Days.

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences. 

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at four theatres each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

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