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The Subject Was RosesDrama 2m 1f Interior Winner 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Drama 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 retur. This is a bitter play about a marriage barely held together by the son neither parent wants to relinuish Mr Gilroy accurately penned what goes on behind the closed doors of a house when men women and children struggle for dominance and independence within the bounds of routine marriage and family In harsh simple language only occasionally tempered by kindness we see what happens when a man and a woman fall out of love with each other and the adult son who is unfortunately caught in the middle

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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 memorie. I worked for a while as an unpaid volunteer tech assistant at Theater By the Sea in Portsmouth NH back in the fall of 1969 This was the play I worked on and I'm pretty sure I read it Saw the movie too which was pretty good Date read is approximate

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CHARACTERS · The Subject Was Roses î Drama 2m 1f Interior Winner 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Drama 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 attN 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 reuest returns with roses for Nettie in an insincere attempt at reconcilliation Reminiscing the three. Summary John and Nettie Cleary have just welcomed their son Timmy home from World War II As such there are feelings of happiness relief and the awkwardness that accompanies the return of a third person to a two party household As the play progresses the troubled nature of each relationship in the play John and Nettie Nettie and Timmy John and Timmy is illuminatedThoughts Again a play where not much happens outside of the small New York apartment where it is set over the course of one weekend This family doesn’t have horrendous problems but they have clearly never talked openly about the interpersonal issues that they do have Upon his return from war Timmy is drinking perhaps too much making grown up decisions about his faith and futureand his parents are clearly not ready to let him go after just getting him backThe Subject was Roses is my signature play for which I am grateful But my dream is some day to be introduced as the author of something other So far no cigar but it ain’t over The Pulitzer guarantees the first line of my obituary I wouldn’t give it back But it screwed me up for several years as you’ll see Gilroy’s introduction to this play in Frank Gilroy Volume 1 Smith and Kraus