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The Subject Was Roses

A young man returns from WWII to find his parents are strangers--to him and each other--in this powerful drama that won the Pulitzer Prize and Best Play Tony Award(r) in 1965.

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" honest and touching work...with simplicity, humor, and integrity" 
The New York Times (1964)

"First-rate...a terrific cast" -- Variety
"Well worth your attention. See it!" -- WGMS Radio
"A heartfelt new look at a family drama with echoes of Miller and O'Neill" -- The New York Times
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Tony(r) Winner 1965, Best Play
By Frank D. Gilroy
Directed by Leonard Foglia 
Starring two-time Tony(r) winner Judith Ivey and Bill Pullman

After serving in World War II, Timmy Cleary returns home to find his parents are strangers--to him and each other. When Timmy insists his father take credit for the roses he bought his mother, long-hidden resentments rise to the surface, as this attempted act of kindness instead becomes the epicenter of domestic warfare. When the deception is uncovered, the tenuous ties still holding them together begin to unravel and each person's doubts--about marriage, family values, and Timmy's achievements overseas--threaten to sever any hope for reunion. 

Praised at its Broadway opening in 1964 by the New York Herald-Tribune as "the most interesting new American play on Broadway this season," The Subject Was Roses went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two 1965 Tony Awards(r) including Best Play, and was made into a 1968 Oscar(r)-winning film. Directed by Leonard Foglia (Master Class, last season's On Golden Pond), this new production intimately explores a family in crisis while echoing the experiences of a contemporary society at war. 

Two-time Tony(r) winner Judith Ivey (Hurlyburly, Follies, TV's Designing Women) will portray Timmy Cleary's mother Nettie. Stage and screen actor Bill Pullman (The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?) stars as John Cleary, Timmy's father.


  • Leonard Foglio (uncredited) Leonard Foglia
  • general artist image Frank Gilroy, playwright
  • general artist image Judith Ivey, Nettie Cleary
  • general artist image Bill Pullman, John Cleary

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