Talley's Folly

Beginning November 21 and running through December 6, more than 70 BYU-Idaho students—including designers, four rotating actors, and a variety of technicians—will combine their efforts and expertise to produce Talley’s Folly. The romantic theatrical work is known for its captivating moments of comedy, high drama, pain, and romance. Written by playwright Lanford Wilson, Talley’s Folly received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 

Set in a boathouse in rural Missouri in 1944, character Matt Friedman comes to express his love to the unmarried, 31-year-old Sally Talley. Talley is initially cold towards Friedman and incessantly turns down his pleas for love. However, Friedman’s determination, wit, cleverness, goofiness, and romanticism slowly brings down Talley’s walls.

Running for approximately 97 minutes with no set change or intermission, attendees witness the unfolding of a sweet love story where two seemingly different people discover they are perfect for one another.

“There are themes of individualism, the dangers of rising nationalism, and how we can overcome intolerance in our lives,” said Director Justin Bates. “Like all of our productions, we choose them because they have themes and ideas that are relevant for our audiences today.”

Although a two-actor show, Talley’s Folly is the result of many hard-working hands behind stage as well as on stage.

“The actors and designers are doing a great work with this production. It’s a beautiful, lovely set. There are beautiful costumes, and all of the design elements are coming together to tell a beautiful story,” Bates said.

Tickets are $3 for BYU-Idaho students and $6 for the general public. For a complete list of show times and to purchase tickets online, visit byui.edu/tickets. Tickets are also available for purchase at the University Store Ticket Office or by calling 208-496-3170.