What Do I Read Next?
Gilroy’s I Wake Up Screening!: Everything You Need to Know about Making Independent Films, Including a Thousand Reasons Not To (1993) is a less-than-rosy picture of the independent film industry. Gilroy wrote it while directing, producing, and distributing four independent feature films.
Gilroy’s Plays: Selections, Vol. 1, Complete Full-Length Plays, 1962–1999 (2000), contains seven full-length plays: The Subject Was Roses, Who’ll Save the Plowboy? (1962), That Summer— That Fall (1967), The Only Game in Town (1968), Last Licks (1979), Any Given Day (1993), and Contact with the Enemy (1999).
Useful for anyone in an intimate relationship, How Can I Get Through to You: Reconnecting Men and Women (2002) by psychotherapist Terrence Real is an analysis of what is wrong with contemporary marriages and provides a prescription for improving them.
Produced on Broadway only two years before The Subject Was Roses, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1962) is also a domestic drama that portrays a bad marriage. Considered to be Albee’s best play, it is more harrowing and vicious than Gilroy’s. The husband and wife create fabrications about their lives and play devious mental games with each other in order to cope with the pain of existence.