Friday, January 21, 2011


The George Street Playhouse is another fave theater of mine. They usually mount interesting productions worth seeing. Here’s some info about their upcoming offering, The Subject Was Roses. As Artistic Director David Saint put it, "With so many of our young men and women off fighting for our country right now, this powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning homecoming story of a patriotic family dealing with their bittersweet reunion struck me as particularly timely."

By Frank Gilroy
Directed by Michael Mastro
Starring Lee Sellars, Chris Wendelken and Stephanie Zimbalist

WHEN: February 8–March 6, 2011
: George Street Playhouse,  9Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district
TICKETS: are available through the George Street Playhouse Box Office, either by phone at 732.246.7717 or by shopping online at Groups of 10 or more are entitled to a discount. For further information contact the GSP Group Sales Department at 732.846.2895, ext. 134 or 155.

gsp logo George Street Playhouse and Artistic Director David Saint have announced casting for their production of Frank Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses. The three-person cast includes Lee Sellars recently seen on Broadway in the hit revival of West Side Story (and GSP’s production of The Pillowman) as John Cleary, Chris Wendelken as young Timmy Cleary, and stage and screen star Stephanie Zimbalist as Nettie Cleary. Michael Mastro, seen on the Playhouse stage in productions of The Pillowman and The Sunshine Boys opposite Jack Klugman, will direct.

“The roles in this powerful drama require actors capable of extraordinary honesty”, said Artistic Director David Saint. “We are so fortunate to have a remarkable cast featuring my old friend Stephanie Zimbalist, returning GSP alumnus Lee Sellars and gifted newcomer Chris Wendelken.  I am certain that under Michael Mastro's guidance they will provide an unforgettable evening in the theatre."

Creating the world of The Subject Was Roses are scenic designer Michael Schweikardt, costume designer Esther Arroyo and lighting and sound designer Christopher J. Bailey.

SYNOPSIS: There are three sides to every story. Buried truths and old emotional wounds resurface when young Timmy McCleary returns to his parents’ home after World War II. Caught in the crossfire of unresolved tensions over money, love and heroism, the new veteran finds himself engaged in a battle on the home front—where all three family members ache for a peaceful détente.

The Subject Was Roses is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.