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Subject Was Roses, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Subject Was Roses, The

Frank D. Gilroy

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573615924

Winner! 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play
Winner! New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - A middle-class apartment, in May 1946.

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TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.

REVIEWS 

"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.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

JOHN CLEARY
NETTIE CLEARY - his wife, 45
TIMMY CLEARY - 21
Videos
  • The Subject was Roses Center Theatre Group preview

  • The Subject was Roses Center Theatre Group Opening Night

  • Behind the Scenes of The Subject was Roses at George Street Playhouse

Author

Frank D. Gilroy

Frank Daniel Gilroyis an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter and director. After graduating from Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama, he contributed profusely as a writer to the golden age of television. His impressive first play, Who'll Save the Plowboy?, won an Obie Award in 1962. In 1965, his Off Broadway play The Subject Was Roses won the Tony Award for Best Play, the ... view full profile

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