Make a gift today.  All new and increased donations will be matched by our board for our 25th Anniversary!  We need your support as we prepare for the future!   DONATE NOW

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.