They Call Me Mister Fry: Theatre Asylum's Best of the Fringe
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Set during the time that Lee Harvey Oswald was held in the custody of the Dallas police, this new play takes a sideways look at a major turning point in American history. Christian Levatino's docudrama takes place in an office within police headquarters where homicide Captain William J. Fritz is given the task of interrogating Oswald. With the nation waiting for answers, the two discuss Van Heflin, Russia, Coca-Cola, Jim Brown, the AFL, backyard photographs and that Friday afternoon in Dealy Plaza. The play won Best of Fringe Extensions at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival, as well as receiving a nomination for the Playwriting O Face Award. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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They Call Me Mister Fry is funny and moving. Jack Fry is brilliant as he goes from character to character illustrating, in a touching and humorous way, the ups and downs of a first year teacher. My wife and I both enjoyed it immensely. If you've ever BEEN IN A CLASSROOM, this play will touch your heart and leave you smiling. The entire audience was buzzing with excitement as we exited the theater.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Jack Fry is the Patch Adams of education, the highest quality of Off Broadway theatre" --LA Examiner
- Critic's Pick for Best of the Fest --Capital Fringe
- "Gritty but hopeful" --Curtain Up New York
- "A must see" --socal.com
- "A talented blend of comedy and emotion" --Valley Scene Magazine
- "Freiberger wins over his audience...he masterfully plays two problem students." --LA Weekly
- "By all means see it and leave inspired!" --Our Town New York (Theater Pick of the Week)
- "This production has enough heart, audacity, and originality to stand out from the crowd mainly because of the artistry of Jack Fry." --dctheaterscene.com
- "Intense and intimate...many laughs..." --NUVO
- "They Call Me Mister Fry is directed by my first director, Jeff Michalski, so you know it's got to be good." --Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)
- See Goldstar member reviews of They Call Me Mister Fry's successful New York run at Comic Strip Live.
From the cornfields of Indiana to the streets of South Central Los Angeles, They Call Me Mister Fry is the true-life story teaching 5th grade in South Los Angeles as a first-year teacher. It's a funny, poignant solo show that tells the struggles of a mid-western white boy from Indiana dealing with a challenging, multi-ethic body of students and his journey through the bowels of big city bureaucracy. It focuses on his relationship with two challenging students and how they affected each other's lives. Most importantly, it follows the evolution of "Mr. Fry" into an effective teacher -- who came to teach, but ended up learning.
About the Ticket Supplier: Combined Artform/Theatre Asylum
Founded in 1998, C.A.F.E. (Combined Artform Entertainment) is on a mission to develop and combine all art forms to pioneer the “arts of the future,” as well as be an active and supporting member of the San Francisco—and now Los Angeles—performance production scene. Created by Producing Artistic Director Matthew Quinn, and joined by Steve Kahn in 1999, C.A.F.E. has collaborated with actors, singers, filmmakers, sketch comedy groups, musicians, improvisers and fine artists in more than 100 shows, including Santaland Diaries, Eavesdropper (SF), Monday Night Improv Jam (SF), Thursday Night Improv Jam (LA), PAPA (at the Eureka with Open Fist), Tilted Frame Improv and the SF Solo Festival.