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Tommy and Me

Written by Ray Didinger
Directed by Joe Canuso
August 9, 2019 — August 25, 2019

FringeArts - 140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia PA 19106

90 minutes

Featuring Tom Teti, Matt Pfeiffer, Frank Nardi Jr. and Simon Kiley

Tommy and Me is autobiographic and recounts a seminal time in Ray Didinger’s life as he helps his life-long hero, Tommy McDonald, reach his goal of getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Tommy McDonald is a Hall of Fame football player.
  • He was in the NFL for 12 years as a wide receiver.
  • He was drafted by the Eagles in 1957 and played on the team until 1964.
  • He was instrumental in taking The Eagles to the 1960 NFL Championship game, played at Franklin Field in Philly.
  • The Eagles won against the Green Bay Packers coached by Vince Lombardi.

After every performance there will be a discussion with the cast, director, and Ray Didinger.

Tickets on sale

Handicap Seating is available by contacting boxoffice@theatreexile.org

Performance Schedule and Post-show Discussion Hosts

Fri., August 9 – 8:00pm OPENING NIGHT

  • Scott Graham, Eagles TV play by play

Sat., August 10 – 3:00pm

  • Chris McDonald, Tommy McDonald’s son

Sat., August 10 – 7:00pm

  • Larry Kane, TV news anchor

Sun., August 11 – 3:00pm

  • Mike Sielski, Inquirer sports columnist

Sun., August 11 – 7:00pm

  • Barrett Brooks, NBC Sports Philadelphia and former Philadelphia Eagle

Tue., August 13 – 7:00pm

  • Mark Kram, Jr., author of “Smokin’ Joe”, the story of Joe Frazier

Wed., August 14 – 7:00pm

  • Neil Hartman, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Fri., August 16 – 7:00pm

  • Vai Sikahema, NBC 10 anchor and former Philadelphia Eagle

Sat., August 17 – 3:00pm

  • Mark Dianno, president, & Mark Wolpert, Maxwell Football Club

Sat., August 17 – 7:00pm

  • Mike Quick, Eagles Hall of Famer and Eagles Radio Network analyst & Sam Katz, documentary film producer

Sun., August 18 – 3:00pm

  • Derrick Gunn, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Sun., August 18 – 7:00pm

  • Michael Barkann, host of Eagles Post Game Live on NBC Sports Philadelphia and Seth Joyner, Eagle Hall of Famer

Tue., August 20 – 7:00pm SOLD OUT

  • Harold Carmichael, Eagles Hall of Famer

Wed., August 21 – 7:00pm SOLD OUT

  • Dick Vermeil, Eagles Hall of Fame coach and Super Bowl champion & Joe Conwell, former Philadelphia Eagle

Fri., August 23 – 7:00pm

  • Jeff Lurie, Eagles owner & Rob Ellis, WIP Sports Radio

Sat., August 24 – 3:00pm

  • Amy Fadool, NBC Sports anchor & Tommy McDonald, Jr.

Sat., August 24 – 7:00pm

  • Jayson Stark, Hall of Fame baseball writer, MLB Network

Sun., August 25 – 3:00pm

  • Jon Ritchie & Joe DeCamera, WIP Sports Radio

Sun., August 25 – 7:00pm

  • Glen Macnow, WIP Sports Radio


Production Sponsor
Bruce and Giuliana Zallie and Zallie Supermarkets

Media Sponsor
94 WIP SportsRadio

Opening Night Sponsor
Ryan, Morton & Imms LLC


Tommy and Me: The Eagle is Branded

University City Review

Theatre Review: TOMMY AND ME at FringeArts from Theatre Exile

Philly Life & Culture

Ray Didinger’s ‘Tommy and Me’ brings heart and laughs back to the stage

Philly Influencer

Interview: Ray Didinger talks inspiration behind autobiographical play and friendship with Tommy McDonald



Dosage Magazine

Parkominium – 231 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Park America Old City Parkominium: Located at 231 N. 2nd St. (between Race St. and Vine St.) Phone: 601-617-2100
Approximately a 4-minute walk from FringeArts. Special discount, $9 on weekdays (Mon–Thu) and $11 on weekends (Fri–Sun).  Please see Front of House Manager or La Peg hostess for parking validation.


Dave and Busters is the next closest parking lot

325 N Christopher Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tickets on sale only at the show.  Every performance we will pick a winner. The winner will receive:

  • The New Encyclopedia personally signed by the author… Ray Didinger
  • A signed photograph of Tommy McDonald
  • 4 tickets to any upcoming Theatre Exile show this season

And… they will be entered to win our grand prize…

  • 2 tickets to Hamilton at the Forrest in Philadelphia October 15th
  • A football by Brandon Graham, Eagles’ defensive end
  • A once in a lifetime chance to sit in the 94 WIP SportsRadio studio w Ray Didinger and Glen Macnow
  • And… 2 tickets for the Eagles v Jets game on Oct 6th in the NovaCare Luxury Suite with 2 pre-game On/Field passes.

And outstanding Raffle for only $10 a ticket or 15 tickets for $100.

You can only get raffle tickets at the show.  You can use your credit card before the show or pay cash after the show.