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Talley's Folly Press Release

August 1, 2015

Join the Hangar Theatre for the Pulitzer Prize-winning

Romantic Comedy Talley’s Folly


Laurel Casillo

Jonas Cohen



Ithaca, NY – Closing its 2015 Mainstage Season, the Hangar Theatre presents Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy Talley’s Folly. Directed by the Hangar’s artistic director Jen Waldman, Talley’s Folly will run from July 30 until August 8, 2014. Join the cast, crew, and Hangar staff on opening night, Friday, July 31 at 8pm at the Hangar Theatre, located at 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850 in Cass Park.

It is July 4, 1944 in Lebanon, Missouri. Matt Friedman (Jonas Cohen) has decided to once and for all declare his love for Sally Talley (Laurel Casillo) and to ask her hand in marriage. Sally struggles with the idea of the two living a life together, but as their time together progresses, it is clear that they have truly found the perfect match.

Laurel Casillo and Jonas Cohen are both making their acting debut with the Hangar Theatre in Talley’s Folly.  Casillo has performed regionally and in New York City including the Broadway production of Act One at the Lincoln Center Theatre. Cohen has most recently performed at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany where he played Cosme McMoon in Souvenir, and will be seen in the upcoming independent film Forgetting Sandy Glass.

Take your theatrical experience to the next level by joining us for free programming before and after our Mainstage performances at our post-show Tuesday Talkbacks or at our prologue 45 minutes before each performance.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (607) 273-ARTS (2787), or in person Hangar Theatre Box Office at the theatre (Mon-Sat between 12pm and 6pm and one hour before curtain time) at 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850.


The Hangar Theatre is committed to making theatre accessible to the entire community through its Pay What You Can (PWYC) program. Patrons may pay what they can afford to see this show on Saturday, August 1 at 3pm. A limited number of tickets are available for PWYC thanks to the generosity of our Mainstage PWYC sponsor Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP.

Hangar Theatre gratefully acknowledges 2015 Partner in Flight sponsorship from CFCU Community Credit Union and Cayuga Radio Group. Premier Sponsorship for Talley’s Folly is provided by C.S.P. Management. The Hangar Theatre is dedicated to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong educational and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.  Visit our website at


Laurel Casillo (Sally Talley) New York credits include the Broadway production of Act One (Lincoln Center Theatre), Bryan and Kim, The Custodian, Don’t Step on the Cracks (NY Fringe Festival), In Naked Time (The Beckett), The Kitchen Plays (HB Playwrights Theatre), What a Life (Center Stage). Regional credits include the world premiere of Elevada at Yale Repertory Theatre, The Rainmaker (Good Theater), Miracle on South Division Street, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Shayna Maidel (Chenango River Theater), Black Comedy (Shadowland Theater). Film: Roman Citizen, Evil Things, Trials of a Scientific Mind, Merry Christmas, The Call. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College and has studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Jonas Cohen (Matt Friedman) most recently played Cosme McMoon in Souvenir at Capital Repertory Theater in Albany. Off-Broadway: Love Jerry and Maccabeat! (New York Musical Theater Festival); Master Class (Gallery Players); Regional: The Hound Of The Baskervilles (New Harmony Theater); End Of The Rainbow (Arvada Center); Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep); Souvenir (Weston Playhouse and Theater Raleigh); The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Twelfth Night (Idaho Shakespeare and Great Lakes Theater Festivals); Glorious! (Fulton Theater and American Heartland Theater); Tuesdays with Morrie (Ivoryton Playhouse); Tin Pan Alley (Stamford Theaterworks); Old Wicked Songs (Fulton Theater and Barrington Stage); Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway Playhouse); among others. TV: All My Children. Jonas has worked as a pianist at NYC’s Don’t Tell Mama. Training: MFA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Esper Studio. Upcoming: the independent film Forgetting Sandy Glass. 

Jen Waldman (Director) This is Jen’s second season with the Hangar Theatre, where she has  directed this season’s  Spring Awakening and last season's Little Shop of Horrors and Red. She is the founder of the Jen Waldman Studio NYC, Co-Artistic Director of Breaking Bread Theatre, and is currently serving as the Theatre Chair for the National Young Arts Foundation. Jen’s direction/choreography credits include: My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Show Boat, Jekyll & Hyde, and Titanic at Merry Go Round playhouse; The 39 Steps at the George Street Playhouse; Some Enchanted Evening and No Way to Treat a Lady at the Cape Playhouse; Fully Committed at the Depot Theatre; Zanna Don’t at the York Theatre; Any Dream Will Do at Wanderlust Theatre Company. Performance credits include: Broadway - Wicked and Titanic (also national tours); Off Broadway - Heat LightningDreams This Way, and John and Paul; Regional - Westport Country Playhouse, Bay Street Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Weston Playhouse, and more. BFA Ithaca College.



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