They Call Me Mister Fry: Show About Teacher in South Central L.A.
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The last date listed for They Call Me Mister Fry was Monday November 21, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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A Los Angeles Times critic pick, Jamaica, Farewell returns to New York's SoHo Playhouse. Debra Ehrhardt's solo show is based on a mostly true story about her journey to the USA from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s of the Manley Era. When Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. She decides to squeeze through the pinhole of opportunity with the help of this love-struck American. Her way out of Jamaica is blocked by many obstacles, however: an alcoholic father, a bible-spouting mother, the price of an airline ticket, and U.S. government suspicions. Nevertheless, she begins a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness becomes blurred as she becomes more desperate. When she agrees to smuggle a million dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent becomes her unwitting accomplice. Every part is played by NAACP award winner Ehrhardt, an actress capable of amazing mimicry. This one-woman caper's full of generous dollops of humor, laughter and light. Jamaica, Farewell has been optioned for film by a major Hollywood producer. Learn More
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See Goldstar member reviews of They Call Me Mister Fry’_s successful New York run at Comic Strip Live.
Check out Goldstar member reviews of the show’s run at FanaticSalon in Culver City.
“On stage, Mister Fry_ makes the grade!" —Los Angeles Times
“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 (GO!)_ _
“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)
They Call Me Mister Fry is the true story of Jack Fry’s first year as a teacher, teaching 5th grade in South Central Los Angeles. It’s a comedy/drama of an evolution of a teacher and his students. Winner of 4 festival awards, the show has received 2 command performances from the US Department of Education, and was even endorsed by Stephen Colbert from The Colbert Report. Not only does it depict his journey through the bowels of big city bureaucracy, but his efforts to find a place in the world in this beautiful story about transformation, redemption, the fragility of life and what we think our purpose is.
About the Ticket Supplier: SoHo PlayhouseUnder the new management of Darren Lee Cole and Faith Mulvihill, the newly renovated SoHo Playhouse continues to serve the downtown theater community as an historic 199 seat Off Broadway venue. The Huron Club below is an intimate 55 seat cabaret and bar steeped in the history of Old New York.
The SoHo Playhouse stands on land that was once Richmond Hill, a colonial mansion that served as headquarters for General George Washington and later home to Aaron Burr. Purchased from Burr in 1817, the land was then developed into federalist-style row houses by fur magnate John Jacob Astor.
15 Van Dam Street, was designated at the Huron Club, a popular meeting house and night club for the Democratic Party. The turn of the century brought the Tammany Hall machine to the Huron Club. Prominent regulars included "Battery" Dan Finn and the infamous Jimmy "Beau James" Walker, known as "The night Mayor" due to his predilection for jazz clubs and chorus girls.
The main floor was transformed into a theater in the 1920's, and in the 60's operated as the Village South, home to Playwrights Unit Workshop under the direction of Edward Albee. It was on this stage that Mr. Albee produced many first works of Terrance Mcnally, John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shephard, AR Gurney and Leroi Jones.