It’s finally here! Opening weekend of Talley’s Folly at SummerStage!
As long as I’ve known our director, Dustin Martin, he’s been talking about wanting to direct this show. After years spent hearing him praise the piece, there was part of me that started to feel like it was my dream too – even when I didn’t know a thing about it except how much he loved it.
Then I read the script in college, and that was all it took: I was officially hooked. Fast forward *mumble mumble* years and here we are — opening weekend at last!
I’m especially excited to be sharing the stage with Phil Stepanski for the first time. Somehow in our making the rounds through various local theatres we had yet to ever work together. Finding ourselves now in a two-person show we’ve surely made up for lost time!
Area theatre-goers may remember most recently seeing Phil as Gary in WCT‘s Spring production of Noises Off!, and Soulstice Theatre‘s Follies earlier this Summer. He will be appearing as Max in WCT’s Lend Me A Tenor later this Fall. Congratulations on your continued success this season Phil!
Some things to know before you go:
About the show: “Set in July 1944, TALLEY’s FOLLY is the story of one evening in the courtship between two unlikely lovers. Matt Friedman (Phil Stepanski) is an accountant from St. Louis and has come to rural Missouri to woo Sally Talley (Ruth Arnell) in her family’s dilapidated Victorian boathouse. Through persistence, charm, and humor, he courts her despite her fears that her family would never accept him. But for romance to bloom, each must work through their innermost secrets together. TALLEY’s FOLLY won both the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play of the season in 1980.”
Dates/Times: Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm; July 24 through August 9, 2014
Location/Directions: Lapham Peak Unit – Kettle Moraine State Forest, W329 N846 County Highway C, Delafield, WI 53018
- Take I-94 to exit 285 in Delafield, WI (20 min west of Milwaukee); there will be a brown state park sign on I-94 signaling your exit.
- Turn right (south) off the exit ramp onto Hwy C.
- Follow Hwy C straight for about a mile.
- The entrance to the park will be on your left.
Tickets: $17, $15 for Seniors and Students, $7 Youth. Can be purchased online, or at the park starting one hour before the show.
(The park requires a $5-per-vehicle entrance fee (normally $7) for all vehicles without a WI state park sticker.)
About the space:
- The park sprays the stage area for mosquitoes every Thursday during the run, but bring your own bug spray too just in case!
- The seating space is an open, grassy area, so bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
- Arrive early and bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn or at the tables under the SummerStage pavilion tent! There will also be a food truck on site.
- Guests are free to bring in wine and beer, and additional beverages (including wine and beer) are available at the concession stand.
- There is a bathroom in the building by the parking lot, and port-o-potties at the stage area.
- The walk from the parking lot to the stage is a short one, however a shuttle will be available to transport anyone unable to make the walk.
- If recent weather has left you cool in the evenings, don’t forget to bring along a jacket or lap blanket!
- If it should begin to drizzle, the show will continue. So if it looks like the sky may turn, bring along a jacket/hat/enchanted cloak just in case.