Evening Star Productions to Present THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, 9/12-28

September 2
11:40 AM 2014
Evening Star Productions to Present THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, 9/12-28

Evening Star Productions will follow up their sold out August production of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors with Frank Gilroy's multi-award winning play The Subject Was Roses. The play will open on September 12th, and run through September 28th at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.

A timeless American classic, Gilroy's play explores one family's struggle to reconcile the disappointments of the past with hopes for the future in post-war America. Set in the Bronx in 1946, The Subject Was Roses focuses on three days in the lives of the Cleary family: Timmy, who has just returned from World War II, and his parents, Nettie and John.

"The travails of a seemingly, happy family, when the son returns from war, and the effect it has on the parents who love him, combined with how his re-appearance affects their relationship, was too good to resist when the opportunity arose to direct this play," director Jeffrey Bruce says.

"When I was a teenager, I saw The Subject Was Roses at a Saturday matinee just after it had won both the Pulitzer Prize for drama as well as the Tony for Best Play," he continues. "Jack Albertson, Irene Dailey and Martin Sheen comprised the cast, and I remember being devastated at the curtain call. I have never been a particular fan of "happy" theatre and enjoy the experience most while feeling deepest emotion, which, to put it mildly, was the state I remained in hours after leaving The Royale Theatre."

Bruce has cast father and son actors Alan and Evan Gerstel as John and Timmy Cleary. Elli Murray will play Nettie Cleary.

Created by Sol Children Theatre's artistic director Rosalie Grant as an off-shoot of her extremely successful Sol Children Theatre Company, Evening Star Productions' mission is to offer serious young adult actors, stage managers, and designers the opportunity to push the boundaries of their knowledge and talent in a safe and highly professional environment, and to allow them the opportunity to work with professionals in their chosen fields.

Evening Star Productions' The Subject Was Roses will run from September 12th through September 28th at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Sol Theatre box office at 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org. Sol Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

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Carol Kassie Carol Kassie has had a deep and abiding love for the arts, particularly theatre, since she was a small child and her parents presented her with an original Broadway cast recording of "My Fair Lady". Armed with a degree in Theatre from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Canada, she became …a librarian. She spent 30 years in Ottawa, Canada, raising two children with her husband, Ralph, working first as a librarian and then in the family's Army/Navy business, all the while actively participating in many of the Ottawa Community's cultural events. A move to South Florida in 2001 offered her an opportunity to return to her first love, theatre, and she jumped at the chance – she currently does freelance theatrical marketing, public relations, and audience growth and development for various local and national theatres, theatre companies, and cultural organizations, and serves on the board of directors of the South Florida Theatre League as chairman of the Marketing Committee . www.carolkassie.com

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