The Subject Was Roses

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 reconcilliation. 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…


John Cleary – Paul Albrecht

Nettie Cleary – Mary Dwyre

Timmy Cleary – Thomas Zientek

Production Staff

Director: David C Bryant

Set Design: Don Zastrow

Stage Manager: Peter Moody

Production Manager: Don Zastrow

Technical Manager: Henry Weinberger Jr.

Technical Director: John Brick

Costume Mistress: Marcella Held, Ruth Whinfield

Master Electrician: Roland K. Lorenz

Properties: Lilly Roehl, Carole Schmitt

Furnishings: Sally Benson

Make-Up Master: Arno Roehl

Master Carpenter: Chester Hurtienne

Paint Master: Oscar Bahr

Prompter: Bernard J. Markevitch

Cover Art: Roger Lahm