Dinner-theater planned at JCC
The Jewish Community Center in Sherman will present a fall dinner theater performance of Lanford Wilson’s “Tally’s Folly,” Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
The story follows one night in the lives of two unlikely sweethearts, Matt Friedman and Sally Talley. The one-act play takes place in a dilapidated boathouse on the Talley farm in Missouri.
The play will be accompanied by a three-course meal to include light appetizers, dinner and dessert.
The play, directed by Robin Frome of the Sherman Playhouse, will include a cast of Stacy-Lee Frome, Michael Wright and John Bolster.
Stacy-Lee Frome was first introduced to Lanford Wilson’s Talley family in 2001 when she played June Talley in “Fifth of July” at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts.
A little while later, she found a copy of the entire Talley trilogy in a bookstore in Boston, and her love for the Talleys, and Lanford Wilson’s writing, was born.
In 2010, she started dating a man who asked her what roles she dreamt of playing, and Sally was one of them.
The following year, the man arranged a reading of “Talley’s Folly,” and over the past seven years, two staged readings and one full production of the play have been held.
And the man who made this all happen? Robin Frome, whom Stacy-Lee married.
In her non-Talley time, Stacy-Lee has been active in local theatre over the years, most recently as Sue Bayliss in “All My Sons” at TheatreWorks New Milford.
Her past roles in the area have included Maria in “Twelfth Night” at the JCC, Bunny Flingus in “House of Blue Leaves,” Vinnie Day in “Life With Father,” Jessie in “’Night Mother,” Lizzie Curry in “The Rainmaker,” Mary Hatch Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Rose Arnott in "Enchanted April," Gayle/Sandrine in “Almost, Maine” (where she met both Robin and her current co-star, Mike), Maggie Cutler in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and Mme. de Tourvel in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”
Wright returns to the role he first performed with Stacy-Lee Frome back in 2012, first as a staged reading, then in a short engagement at the Sherman Playhouse in 2015.
He has appeared in many productions in the region, including shows at Theatreworks New Milford, Sherman Playhouse, Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, the Ridgefield Theater Barn and the Warner Theatre.
He also has also appeared in the Danbury Music Centre’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” along with NewArts' production of “A Christmas Carol.”
He will next appear with the Vagabond Theatre Company in “It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”
Bolster, who has been playing guitar and banjo since high school, recently performed on stage in “The Dark of the Moon” at Sherman Playhouse and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” at Theatreworks New Milford.
Most often, he can be found back stage at the theatre building sets, running lights and in general doing things that an audience doesn't see.
In his spare time he is a technical Instructor.
Tickets are $40 per person and include the meal. Pre-paid reservations are required; tickets must be purchased online at www.jccinsherman.org or by phone at 860-355-8050 by Nov. 7.