The Holmdel Theatre Company invites the community to its third reading in their new Monthly Play Reading Series Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road. Audience discussion will follow. The coffee will be hot and admission is free.
On stage is American playwright Landford Wilson's "Talley's Folly," winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. "Tally's Folly" is the second play of The Talley Trilogy, coming between his plays "Talley & Son" and "Fifth of July."
Set in an old boathouse near rural Lebanon, Missouri in 1944, this romantic comedy follows two characters, Matt Friedman and Sally Talley, as they settle their feelings for each other, "once and for all." This one-act play, unique for Wilson, is set in ninety-seven minutes of real time, with no intermission and no set change.
The play will be read by Geoff Shields and Laurie Devino.
"There are so many amazing plays out there to explore," said Devino. "This is a fun, free way to discover some of them without the commitment and expense of mounting a full production. And a great way to spend a Monday night!"
The Holmdel Theatre Company's Monthly Play Reading Series is a forum where new works are given their first voice and established works are sampled for possible inclusion in future seasons as main stage productions, according to an HTC press statement.
Before a full-fledged production is mounted, plays start as a works-in-progress dramatic readings. This provides audiences with an opportunity to hear works still in development and be part of the creative process. Actors and producers benefit from audience feedback, which can shape future rewrites and inform plans for the theater season.
Previous readings of the Monthly Play Reading Series have featured Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman" and Diana Son's "Stop/Kiss."
To learn more about creative opportunities offered by the The Holmdel Theatre Company, please contact Rebecca Harris Zaccagnino.