The Subject Was Roses

by  Frank D. Gilroy

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

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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The Subject Was Roses

by  Frank D. Gilroy

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

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

Reviews

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 

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  • The Subject was Roses Center Theatre Group preview
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  • Behind the Scenes of The Subject was Roses at George Street Playhouse
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A middle-class apartment, in May 1946.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 1f
JOHN CLEARY
NETTIE CLEARY - his wife, 45
TIMMY CLEARY - 21
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Authors

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 ...

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The Subject Was Roses premiered at The Royale Theatre in New York City in May 1964 under the direction of Ulu Grosbard.

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