- Norma Doyle
Playreaders meet every Monday from 2-3 pm in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so that we can meet and greet you.
On March 4th and 11th Norma Doyle will present Talley’s Folly by Landford Wilson. Readers are Al Johnson, Jeff Sheff and Norma Doyle. This play is the second in The Talley Trilogy, between the plays Talley & Son and Fifth of July. Set in an boathouse near rural Lebanon, Missouri on the Fourth of July in 1944, Talley’s Folly is a romantic comedy following the Matt and Sally as they settle their feelings for each other. While on vacation in Lebanon, Missouri the previous summer, Matt met Sally and sent her a letter every day since. Though the single reply from Sally gave him no hope for romantic encouragement, he has returned to ask her to marry him. Matt’s arrival has created a stir in Sally’s conservative Protestant household, where a Jewish man is not welcomed, especially when his intentions are to court their daughter, who is much younger than he.
Eventually, the couple begins to reminisce about the night they met and the time they spent together the previous summer. They share more about their past the audience including the delights and difficulties in their lives. However, each of them is also very painfully guarded about certain difficulties and problems. Wilson received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the work
Lanford Wilson (1937 – 2011) was an American playwright. The New York Times described his work as “…earthy, realist, greatly admired [and] widely performed.” Wilson helped to advance the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement with his earliest plays, first produced in 1964. He was one of the first playwrights to move from Off-Off-Broadway to Off-Broadway, then Broadway. He was elected in 2001 to the Theater Hall of Fame. In 2004, Wilson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Master American Dramatist. He was nominated for three Tony Awards, won a Drama Desk Award and five Obie Awards.
Talley’s Folly is a one act play extending a little into the second week the three readers will end the hour with three short comedic plays on March 11th.
Streak by Tommy Wilson introduces a third base coach and a has-been professional ball player, who has been doing dirty deals with none-other than the devil.
Wedding Duet by Lauren Wilson reveals the tale of a newly married couple who start enthusiasticallly down a marital pathway only to meet obstacle after obstacle along the way. And yet the wedding was just a few hours ago!
Chocolate by Frederick Stroppel follows a determined detective interrogating a woman he suspects has knocked off her husband. She slips through his verbal net over and over until… her secret about chocolate is shockingly revealed.