Frank D. Gilroy

Tuesday, March 30, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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


Jack Albertson, Frank Daniel Gilroy and Ulu Grosbard


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