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Roundabout Announces Danny Burstein & Sarah Paulson in TALLEY’S FOLLY

Roundabout Theatre Company

Roundabout Theatre Company
Cast of Pulitzer Prize winning play


Danny Burstein & Sarah Paulson 

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 the cast for the new production of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Talley’s Folly, directed by Michael WilsonTalley’s Folly will feature Danny Burstein as “Matt Friedman” and Sarah Paulson as “Sally Talley.”

Performances begin 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).    This is a limited engagement through April 28, 2013.

The design team includes Jeff Cowie (Sets), David Woolard (Costumes) and Rui Rita (Lights).

Talley’s Folly is a 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. 

Roundabout welcomes back Michael Wilson following his staging of Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore at the Laura Pels Theatre in 2011 and Old Acquaintance at the American Airlines Theatre in 2007.  Danny Burstein was last seen on the Roundabout stage in the 1996 Tony Award® nominated revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company as “Paul” and Sarah Paulson last appeared at Roundabout in Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart as “Meg Magrath.”

Talley’s Folly premiered in 1979 off-Broadway at Circle Repertory Theatre and moved to Broadway in 1980.  Lanford Wilson received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Talley’s Folly will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. 


DANNY BURSTEIN (Matt Friedman).  Currently: Golden Boy (LCT at the Belasco). Danny was nominated for the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Buddy Plummer in the revival of Follies. He won the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance. He originated the role in the Kennedy Center revival and reprised the role at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Other Broadway: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; “Luther Billis” in the revival of South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award); The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony and Ovation Award nominations); Saint Joan; The Seagull; Three Men on a Horse; A Little Hotel on the Side; The Flowering Peach; A Class Act; Titanic and Company. Off-Broadway includes: Mrs. Farnsworth; Psych; All in the Timing; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Merrily We Roll Along; Weird Romance. Film/TV includes: Lolly Steinman on “Boardwalk Empire,” “Nor'easter,” “Construction,” “Louie,” “Transamerica,” “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Ed,” all the “Law & Order” series, “Hope & Faith,” “Deception,” and the upcoming films “Trust, Greed, Beer and Bourbon,” “Affluenza” and “Milkshake.”

SARAH PAULSON (Sally Talley) was last seen at Roundabout Theatre Company in Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart, directed by Kathleen Turner.  She is an Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated actress who can currently be seen starring in season two of Ryan Murphy's hit series, “American Horror Story,” on F/X. Most recently, Paulson was seen in HBO's critically acclaimed “Game Change,” which garnered her a 2012 Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.  In film, Paulson most recently completed production on director Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Paul Giamatti. Prior to that, Paulson wrapped production on Jeff Nichols' film Mud, starring alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Last Fall Paulson was seen in Fox Searchlight's critically acclaimed film Martha Marcy May Marlene. The film, nominated for a Gotham Award™ for Best Ensemble Cast, was written and directed by Sean Durkin and also stars Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy. Paulson's other film credits include Lionsgate’s The Spirit, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson; Marry Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page; Down with Love 4 with Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce; What Women Want opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt; The Other Sister directed by Gary Marshall and starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis; and Diggers alongside Paul Rudd and Ken Marino.  Paulson's Golden Globe® nominated role was in Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", in which she starred opposite Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, and Steven Weber. Her major television credits also include the lead role on the drama "Leap of Faith;" "Deadwood;” "Path to War” opposite Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland; "Jack and Jill;” "Cupid” opposite Bobby Cannavale; and the series "American Gothic" with Gary Cole.  On stage, Paulson starred on Broadway in the two-hander Collected Stories opposite Linda Lavin. Previously she appeared on Broadway as Laura Wingfield' in the revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, alongside Jessica Lange. She also starred opposite Alfred Molina and Annette Bening in the critically acclaimed The Cherry Orchard for the Mark Taper Forum playing Varya.' Her other stage credits include Tracy Lett's off-Broadway production of Killer Joe (opposite Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer), Horton Foote's Talking Pictures at the Signature Theatre, and the off-Broadway production The Gingerbread House opposite Bobby Cannavale. 

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) was most recently 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 presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of 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 Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre reflects Roundabout's commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $45 million to more than 100 not-for-profit theatre organizations.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season features Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton andChita Rivera, directed by Scott Ellis; Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, with a translation by Ranjit Bolt, starring Douglas Hodge,Clémence Poésy & Patrick Page, directed by Jamie Lloyd; William Inge’s Picnic directed by Sam Gold; Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet directed by Michael Longhurst, with Annie Funke, Michelle Gomez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brian F. O’Byrne; Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife starring Bobby Cannavale, directed by Doug Hughes; Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly, directed by  Michael Wilson; Steven Levenson’s The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin directed by Scott Ellis.

Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, directed by Daniel Aukin, is a world premiere production that launches the sixth season of Roundabout Underground following five critically acclaimed seasons of world-premiere productions since its premiere in 2007. 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony® Award winning Anything Goeshas set sail on a National Tourthat will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season.
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