Tommy and Me
By Ray Didinger
Directed by Joe Canuso
September 7 – September 17 (10 Performances!)
Philadelphia Eagles’ Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald was the famously tough wide receiver who helped take the Birds to the 1960 NFL Championship game. Ten year-old Ray Didinger met McDonald during one of his family’s visits to Hershey, the home of the Birds summer training camp. Back then, things were relaxed and the two struck up a friendship. Ray went on to become one of Philly’s favorite sons – legendary sports writer, commentator, radio personality, storyteller, and author. What began as remembrances of a childhood experience became Ray Didinger’s autobiographical show, Tommy and Me, recounting a seminal time in Ray’s life when he helped his lifelong hero get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Tommy was drafted by the Eagles in 1957 and played on the team until 1964. At Franklin Field, he helped the Eagles win against Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers.
Every performance includes a FREE post-show talk-back with different guests including the playwright, director, cast members, and special visitors.
Matt Pfeiffer (Ray)
Tom Teti (Tommy)
Christian Giancaterino (Young Ray)
Frank Nardi, Jr. (Young Tommy)
Tommy and Me was originally produced at Theatre Exile, Deborah Block Artistic Director