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Players set to perform award-winning romance

“Talley’s Folly” by Lanford Wilson will be on stage at the Peterborough Players opening Sept. 4.

The play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Drama Critics’ Circle Award in 1980, is a tender waltz of a story where love finds two people who had all but given up on it.

Directed by Gus Kaikkonen, it stars David Breitbarth and Kate Hampton, fresh off her performance on the Players’ stage as Jane in “Absurd Person Singular.”

In “Talley’s Folly,” we watch as two wonderful people, who don’t quite fit into their own worlds, come together.

Sally Talley is an uptight, protestant nurse’s aide from a wealthy conservative family. Matt Friedman is a buoyant and goofy Jewish accountant, who is 12 years older than Sally.

Despite their differences, it was love at first sight for Matt. Since meeting her on vacation the year before, Matt has sent a letter every day to try to win Sally’s heart, never once getting a reply. Then, on the Fourth of July, Matt meets Sally in her family’s folly (or boathouse), to officially ask for Sally’s hand in marriage.

The show runs through Sunday, Sept. 15. In honor of the most romantic show of the season, the Peterborough Players is having a special “Date Night” on Saturday, Sept. 7, with two tickets for $40.

Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Reserved seating is $37 and $39 on Saturdays.

The show is rated PG-13. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Peterborough Players at 924-7585 or visit

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