Finishing the Suit is about a gay man who does not die of AIDS and is not persecuted for being who he is. Instead it 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.
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.
Finishing the Suit was first produced by Bear & Company, premiering at the Gladstone Theatre in Ottawa, Canada in March, 2017 and ran for 12 performances. The production was directed by Joël Beddows and featured actors Matt Pilipiak as the Tailor, Isaac Giles as Jimmy, and David Whiteley as David.
“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”