Stephanie Zimbalist, Lee Sellars Explore the Subject of Roses, Opening Feb. 11 in NJ

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The George Street Playhouse's production of the three-person Frank Gilroy drama The Subject Was Roses officially opens Feb. 11 following previews that began Feb. 8 at the New Jersey not-for-profit.

Stephanie Zimbalist and Chris Wendelken
Stephanie Zimbalist and Chris Wendelken Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Directed by Michael Mastro, the production will continue through March 6.

The cast comprises Lee Sellars, recently seen on Broadway in the hit revival of West Side Story, as John Cleary; Chris Wendelken as young Timmy Cleary; and stage and screen star Stephanie Zimbalist as Nettie Cleary.

"The roles in this powerful drama require actors capable of extraordinary honesty," said artistic director David Saint, in a statement. "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."

"There are three sides to every story," according to George Street notes. "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."

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.

Tickets are available through the George Street Playhouse Box Office, either by phone at (732) 246-7717 or by shopping online at www.GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue.

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