The Subject Was Roses

Drama - Original

Royale Theatre (May 25, 1964 - September 01, 1964)
Winthrop Ames Theatre (September 03, 1964 - March 21, 1965)
Helen Hayes Theatre (March 23, 1965 - December 18, 1965)
Henry Miller's Theatre (December 22, 1965 - February 26, 1966)
Belasco Theatre (March 01, 1966 - May 21, 1966)
Data not verified
  • First Preview: May 18, 1964
  • Opening Date: May 25, 1964
  • Closing Date: May 21, 1966
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 832

Playwright: Frank D. Gilroy


A mother and father struggle for the love of their son, who has recently returned home after serving overseas, in Frank D. Gilroy's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama.


Opening Night Cast

Jack Albertson John Cleary
Irene Dailey Nettie Cleary
Martin Sheen in The Subject Was Roses Martin Sheen Timmy Cleary
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Frank D. Gilroy Writer
  Ulu Grosbard Director
Edgar Lansbury Edgar Lansbury Scenic Design
  Donald Foote Costume Design
  Jules Fisher Lighting Design
  Joseph Beruh General Manager
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1963 - 1964

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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1965 Best Play Frank D. Gilroy Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1964 John Gassner Award Frank D. Gilroy Winner

Pulitzer Prize

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1965 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Frank D. Gilroy Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1965 Author of a Play Frank D. Gilroy Nominee
1965 Direction of a Play Ulu Grosbard Nominee
1965 Featured Actor in a Play Martin Sheen Nominee
1965 Featured Actor in a Play Jack Albertson Winner
1965 Play   Winner
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