Note: I wanted to share part of the email that Jack Fry just sent to me. Sorry that the beautiful graphics of the show would not copy. But, you can go to YouTube or Google and find out a lot about this one-man show which gettng rave review. The show opens in the Atlanta area this Friday night, November 2, 2012. Plan to attend. I think that you will like it immensely! — John Trotter.
Dear Dr. Trotter,
My name is Jack Fry and I’m a fully credentialed and a current 5th grade teacher in Los Angeles. I’ve been watching your videos and following your fight for teachers for the last six months. Bravo! Your message and gravitas has really spoken to me because you say many things that my play They Call Me Mister Fry says, too.
I also have a one-man show that I have toured on my spare time across the United States called They Call Me Mister Fry. It’s a comedy/drama and TRUE story about my first year teaching 5th grade in South Central Los Angeles. Among many things, the show is about my relationship with 2 challenging students and how we affected each other’s lives. It’s Too Sir With Love meets Animal House, but has an important message that teachers CARE. This has connected with audiences everywhere. The show honors our educators, students and parents in humorous and thought provoking ways, yet portrays the realistic challenges teachers face every day. The show has won 4 festival awards, played 3 months off Broadway, 2 command performance for the Dept of Ed in Washington, DC (seen by Arne Duncan) and was even endorsed by Stephen Colbert from the Colbert Report. It’s quickly becoming a national treasure.
I talked to Benjamin Barnes on Friday and offered you and anyone in your organization up to 4 free tickets to come to the show. I am hoping that MACE can support the show like other teacher unions have in the past by emailing their members (all teachers get half price off!) and possibly do an interview. The show just finished a run in Chicago to great reviews, pack houses and standing ovations. Please see the recent interview from the Chicago Union Teacher. Chicago Teacher’s Union also eblasted the show to all its 33,000 members. There will be a wine and cheese special reception for teachers after the show on Friday, November 2nd. I hope you can attend. Here are a few of the teacher organizations that have supported the show in the past.
• Chicago Teachers’ Union • Teach for America, Chicago • California Teachers’ Association • American Federation of Teachers • Teach For America, New York • Teaching Fellows, Indianapolis • Washington, DC Teachers’ Union • United Teachers Los Angeles • New York Teachers’ Union • Teaching Fellows, New York • Teach For America, Los Angeles
If you take a moment to peruse the website: misterfry.com hopefully you will get a sense of the show’s accomplishments, achievements, testimonials, reviews, video clips, etc. But most importantly I hope you get a sense of its galvanizing message that connects to our community. I look forward to hearing from you and bringing They Call Me Mister Fry to Atlanta and its stirring message that runs parallel to your stirring message. Thanks again and please let me know what day you can see the show so I can arrange your complimentary tickets. See you in Atlanta! Sincerely, Jack Fry “Mr. Fry” 310-927-4536 (misterfry.com)
Mark Your Calendar for… They Call Me Mister Fry A one-man show about a first-year, 5th grade teacher in South Los Angeles. Critic’s call Mister Fry a “hilarious yet tear breaking true story” misterfry.com SEE VIDEO “This show should be required for everyone…” Department of Education, Washington, DC *Winner of 4 festival awards *3 month run off-Broadway *2 Command Performances at the US Department of Education, Washington DC *Endorsed by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.
Cheese and wine reception for TEACHERS after opening night, Friday, Nov., 2 Performing: Fri, Nov 2, 8pm Sat, Nov 3, 8pm Sun, Nov 4, 3pm Fri, Nov 16, 8pm Sat, Nov 17 8pm Sun, Nov 18, 3pm Fri, Nov 30, 8pm Sat, Dec 1, 8pm Sun, Dec 2, 3pm Academy Theatre 119 Center Street Avondale Estates, GA 30002 MAP IT! Regular price: $25.00 at the door $20.00 on-line Half Price Tickets for teachers: $10(ON-LINE ONLY) (CLICK HERE) $15 for teachers at the door w/ID Questions: 404-474-8332 Visit Website: misterfry.com
They Call Me Mister Fry is a humorous and moving solo show that has all the laughter, tears, and drama of an Americans Classic. It’s been playing to sold out houses and standing ovations for over 3 years all over North America. The show examines and explores the interaction of two 5th grade students with Mr. Fry, and how they affected each other’s lives. Both students are confronted with family tragedies and personal individual challenges. It’s a show that honors our educators, students, and parents in dramatic, thought provoking and humorous ways. A dynamic cross between To Sir with Love and Animal House, They Call Me Mister Fry is a story that inspires audiences of all shapes and sizes. misterfry.com