“My father would sway in prayer in that little Lower East Side synagogue. When I would ask him why, he said he was dancing with God.”
As many of you know, our board advisor, Lawrence Aronovitch’s new play Finishing the Suit will be presented by Bear & Co at the Gladstone Theatre in March.
The genesis of this story goes back to 2010, when he was living in Ireland and happened to have a conversation with a Dublin tailor about making a suit for his upcoming wedding. The tailor’s tale intrigued him and has since evolved into a bit of a double love story. In this play, set in 1972, a tailor in New York’s Lower East Side is putting the finishing touches on a morning suit. We eavesdrop as he remembers and mourns the two great loves of his life: a young, brash Irish actor, and an enigmatic, battle-weary duke.
Finishing the Suit premieres at The Gladstone Theatre, Ottawa’s home for independent theatre, from March 2-11, 2017 (preview March 1). Directed by Joèl Beddows, with whom he worked on The Lavender Railroad a few years ago, and produced by my friends at Bear & Co., the production features a mix of actors from Ottawa and Toronto: Matt Pilipiak (Three Men in a Boat), Isaac Giles (The Madwoman of Chaillot, Stratford Festival 2017), and David Whiteley (The Norman Conquests). Designing the show are Ivo Valentik (set), Angela Haché (costumes), AL Connors (sound), and David Magladry (lighting).
I hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.