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Talley & Son

Summary
Talley & Son is a play by Lanford Wilson, the third in his trilogy focusing on the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. It is set on July 4, 1944, the same day as Talley's Folly and thirty-three years prior to the events in Fifth of July. Background The play originally was produced Off-Broadway as A Tale Told in June 1981. Directed by Marshall W. Mason, the cast starred Patricia Wettig, Helen Stenborg, Michael Higgins (Eldon), Fritz Weaver (Mr. Talley), and Trish Hawkins (Sally). Wilson was unhappy with the work and revised it substantially over the next four years. In Talley & Son, the dysfunctional family is debating the murky future of the family-owned businesses, a local bank and textile factory that seem destined to be absorbed by a conglomerate once World War II ends. Eldon Talley took control of the enterprises when his favored, elder brother died young, and although he has been successful, his miserly, bigoted father Calvin, who is expected to die at
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