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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Playwrights Theatre and Bickford Theatre to present Talley’s Folly by Landford Wilson

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Playwrights Theatre, Bickford Theatre and Oldcastle Theatre Company of Vermont are pleased to present Talley’s Folly by Landford Wilson. The co-production will preview on April 9 and run through April 26, 2015. The production will be directed by John Pietrowski and features Eli Ganias of New York City and Amy Griffin of Nyack, NY.

Single tickets are on sale now: General Admission $45, Seniors $40, Members of the Morris Museum/Bickford Theatre Guild $40, Groups (10 or more) $33 and Students $20. For tickets, visit www.bickfordtheatre.org or call the box office at 973-971-3706. All performances will take place at Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Talley’s Folly follows the unlikely sweethearts Matt Friedman and Sally Talley. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt, a Jewish immigrant, has worked up the courage to ask Sally, a Gentile, for her hand in marriage. During a moonlit night of arguing, joking, and wooing in a dilapidated Victorian boathouse, Matt and Sally reveal their secrets and consider their future in this charming and tender waltz of a love story.

“It’s very gratifying to be once-again coproducing with The Bickford and Oldcastle Theatres, both of which we collaborated with on Richard Dresser’s The Last Days of Mickey and Jean,” said John Pietrowski Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre. “This is a beautiful, funny, and ultimately, very moving, play that has a lot to say about our current social and political situation. We have an excellent pair in Eli Ganias and Amy Griffin. I’m looking forward to the extended run of the play to see where the two of them go.”
Roman Klima is the scenic and lighting designer. Fran Harrison is the costumer designer. Properties Designer is Danielle Pietrowski, Sound Design by Matt Boyle and Yumi Matsuura is the Production Stage Manager.

About the Cast:
Eli Ganias (Matt) of New York, NY: Bickford: Rounding Third; NJ Regional: Dreamcatcher Rep, Mile Square Theatre, Centenary Stage, Luna Stage; Off-Broadway: Gallery Players, NYC Fringe Festival; TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Amy Griffin (Sally) of Nyack, NY: Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas; National Tour: Seussical; Off-Broadway: The English Bride, Forbidden Broadway; Regional: Indiana Rep, Hampton Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Hanover Theatre Company

About Bickford Theatre:
The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase, and Blues at the Bickford. The theatre is a Senior Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theaters throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance.

About The Morris Museum:
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location & Hours
The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

About Playwrights Theatre:
Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program, which includes the The New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights Program and the Literary Artist Fellowship Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.

We are honored that for the years 2010-2015 the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) designated Playwrights Theatre as a Major Arts Institution. This means that the Council considers Playwrights Theatre to be “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey” (along with Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the McCarter Theatre Center).
Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2016, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only five other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Two River Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
                                                                                                               Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Community Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Novartis, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.

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