December 09, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

”When I was doing the show in San Francisco, I had a Ferragamo suit pretty much off-the-rack and I ripped my pants on the opening night. I literally ripped them from one end to the other. But it’s a one-man show, so I had to change them on stage. The dresser had been working for 35 years and it was her first time on stage. Her hands were shaking. So I got William Ivey Long, one of the great Broadway costume designers, to do specially made pants. They reinforce the seams; they put special stretchy material in the inseam and right around the crotch that you wouldn’t notice. It’s got enough give in the leg. It fits perfectly.”

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