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Bespoke Overcoat

Written by Wolf Mankowitz
Directed by Phil Foster 1974

Bespoke Overcoat was entered into the 1974 East Kootenay Drama Festival's  (Theatre BC)

One Act Plays, held in Cranbrook 


Adjudicator’s Award of Merit

Best Actor:  Bud Abbott & Phil Foster (shared) 

Best Supporting Actor:  Randy Birch


Bud Abbott ….... Morrie

Phil Foster …..... Fender

Terry Green ...… Ranting

Randy Birch ….. Clerk


Mas Bando ....… Stage Manager


Fender,  and old Jewish night watchman, suffers bitterly from the cold and is unable to afford one of the luxury sheepskin overcoats sold by his boss, so he asks Morry, a Jewish tailor to repair his old one. “ ….. dies even while his friend is making him his first good overcoat. He has waited all his life for such a coat but dies in grief beforehand.” (Concord Theatrical). 


Fender returns as a ghost.  In a drunken stupor, the tailor sees his dead friend. “The ghost of Fender has returned to take his due of the living - the harsh employer who dismissed him for being too old. Nothing will satisfy him but a coat from his employer's stock, and Morrie in his dream helps his friend to raid the warehouse.” (The Play Bureau)

This was the first play to rehearse in the Studio space after Cranbrook Community Theatre Society was granted stewardship of the city-owned Mason Hall, renamed the Studio Stage Door.

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