Dream Up Festival 2017

Finishing the Suit title

– United States Premiere


Playwright: Lawrence Aronovitch.

Director: Joan Kane.

Light Designer: Bruce A! Kraemer.

Costume Designer: Cat Fisher.

Sound design: Ian Wehrle

Stage Manager: Jacob Nurick


featuring Daniel Lugo*, Ryan Clardy* & Jason Asher *These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Finishing the Suit is a memory play as The Tailor mourns the loss of the two most important people in his life, his lover Jimmy and his most famous client, The Duke of Windsor. Both of them visit his shop as ghostly reminders of the happiest moments of his life. This play is about people bravely breaking free of the
lives their families expected them to lead and being true to themselves. This play is about love, but it is far from a traditional love story. One of the three haracters is the Duke of Windsor, who really did abdicate from the throne of England to marry the American woman he loved. Another is Jimmy who was raised Catholic in Northern Ireland where both being gay and a Broadway dancer is out if the question, yet he became both. The main character is the Tailor who is from a conservative Jewish home where he was taught to follow the doctrine of orthodox Jewish law and was expected to marry a strictly Jewish woman and raise a traditional family. That life does not include his becoming personal tailor for a world famous man, Jimmy’s lover, and a Broadway costume designer and yet here he is. The format of the play is that we never see the Duke or Jimmy in the Tailor’s reality only, via magical realism, as ghosts in the heartbroken memories of his happiest times.

This will be Ego Actus' 16th festival play in our 8th different festival, including the Edinburgh, Prague and NY Fringes. We know how to create a scenic design that evokes the world of the play and can be assembled in very few minutes and then after a performance can be folded into a very small space.

Finishing the Suit was first produced by Bear & Company, premiering at the Gladstone Theatre in Ottawa, Canada in March, 2017 and getting rave reviews.

“A beautifully woven piece of theatre”
-Jennifer Hartley, Ottawa Life Magazine

“An insightful portrayal of grief and mourning”
Kat Fournier, Capital Critics Circle

“A sweet tale of nostalgia and romance”
Sine Robinson, The Fulcrum

“A piece both psychologically and culturally observant…a sensitive,
shimmering production”

Maja Stefanovska, Capital Critics Circle

“Meaningful, intelligent and insightful…a valuable addition to the
history of queer theatre”

Ian Huffam, New Ottawa Critics

“Powerful and passionate”
Iris Winston, Capital Critics Circle


Community Theater


Tuesday - September 5 - 6:30pm
Wednesday - September 6 - 6:30pm
Thursday - September 7 - 9pm
Saturday - September 9 - 2pm
Sunday - September 10 - 8pm

Running time: Finishing the Suit is 75 Minutes $20.

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Lawrence Aronovitch (playwright) is a Canadian playwright from Montreal. His journey to this occupation was a roundabout one. After studying history and physics at Harvard and working in the U.S. and Canadian space programs, Lawrence began to write plays in 2007. Curiously, the many experiences he's had outside the theatre have helped inform his writing on issues important to him. A former playwright in residence at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, he has written plays about scientists (Marie Curie), poets (W.H. Auden), politicians (Ezekiel Hart), movie stars (Hedy Lamarr). His newest play, "Finishing the Suit," is about tailors, dancers and ex-kings.

Joan Kane (director) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and directed I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda in Prague. She also directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four star reviews for each. Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com. She has also directed plays and readings for the Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the NY Fringe Festival, Theater for the New City, Urban Stages, the Bleecker St Theater, the Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, the Midtown International Festival, the Players Club, the Lambs Club and the Actors Studio. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is a member of The New York Madness Company, the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers.  



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