Frank D. Gilroy

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Playwright Frank D. Gilroy poses with his Drama Critics Circle Award in New York City on May 6, 1965. The dramatist won best play in 1964-65 for "The Subject Was Roses."

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Frank D. Gilroy, playwright of "The Subject Was Roses," and author of "About Those Roses or How 'Not' To Do a Play and Succeed," a daily diary of the plays production. Gilroy speaks briefly about the importance of Broadway to New York. He mentions that eight major theaters are currently empty and that his play is one of only two dramas currently on Broadway.

Ulu Grosbard, the play's director, also speaks. He discusses the roles of the playwright, director, actors and the play itself.

Jack Albertson, one of the three actors from the play discusses how he almost passed up the role, but that Frank Gilroy insisted that he fill the role of John Cleary.

Question and answer section regarding specifics of the play. Also, Gilroy answers questions about the difficulties of getting a play to Broadway and the writing process.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70549
Municipal archives id: T629