Wilson revival targeting spring 2011 run on Broadway
Robin Wright and Richard Schiff will make their Broadway debuts in a revival of Lanford Wilson play “Talley’s Folley,” aiming to hit the Rialto next season.
Marshall W. Mason, who staged the play in its original 1980 run (as well as Wilson works “Fifth of July” and “Angels Fall”), will direct. Producing team is headed by Phil Monat, T. Richard Fitzgerald and Randall L. Wreghitt.
Set in the 1940s, the two-character play centers on a Jewish accountant — played by Schiff (“The West Wing”), whose stage credits include “The Exonerated” Off Broadway and “Underneath the Lintel” on the West End — who woos a prominent local family’s daughter, portrayed by Wright (“The Princess Bride,” “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”).
On a Broadway landscape where star-driven play revivals are increasingly commonplace, “Talley’s” comes to the board with two actors whose names may not have the recognition factor of recent Rialto alums Jude Law or Hugh Jackman, but whose faces are certainly familiar from their work in film and TV.
Producer Monat, better known as a lighting designer, estimated capitalization of the show would come in between $2 million and $2.2 million. With only two actors in the cast to sustain, the production will have the advantage of a low weekly running cost, which Monat estimated would be in the low $200,000 range.
The romantic comedy runs 90 minutes without an intermission. Limited engagement will play 16 weeks.
The work of Wilson (“Burn This”), who won the Pulitzer for “Talley’s,” has not been seen on Broadway since the 1997 run of his translation of “The Three Sisters.” Scribe’s profile got a recent boost from a successful London revival of his play “Serenading Louie.”
Monat, better known as a lighting designer, provides the lights for “Talley’s,” which will have a set by John Lee Beatty and costumes by Jennifer von Mayrhauser. The latter two also designed the 1980 staging.
Producers are targeting a spring 2011 run, with exact dates and theater to be determined.