Full Length Play
Time Period - 1940s / WWII
Settings Of Play - A middle-class apartment, in May 1946.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway
Winner! 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play
Winner! New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play
It is May of 1946 and Timmy Cleary has come home from the war to his estranged parents, John and Nettie, in the Bronx apartment where he grew up. As their reunion promises a return to life as it never was, John, giving up a lucrative business opportunity, attends a ball game with his son and grudgingly, at Timmy's request, returns with roses for Nettie in an insincere attempt at reconciliation. Reminiscing, the three attempt to recapture the past and all it symbolizes, but the ideal is shattered amidst recriminations. The next morning Timmy announces he is leaving once again, and husband and wife must face the reality of life with only their memories.
"With simplicity, humor and integrity [Gilroy] has looked into the hearts of three decent people and discovered, by letting them discover, the feelings that divide and join them." - The New York Times, Read More
"One of the best-written plays of all those which have been honored with a Tony." - EU Jacksonville, Read More
"Gilroy’s script is such meaty material, so well-constructed and so inexpensive to produce." - Florida Theatre on Stage, Read More
The Subject Was Roses premiered at The Royale Theatre in New York City in May 1964 under the direction of Ulu Grosbard.