2014 "MATTY" Schedule

* check here regularly for updated detail!


After a triumphant critically-acclaimed run Off-Broadway (and an equally successful nationwide tour --- thus far), Eddie Frierson continues the road trip of his award-winning one-man play "MATTY: An Evening With Christy Mathewson."

More performances are always being added. This is the schedule as of January 9, 2014:


2014


Eddie Frierson's

MATTY
An Evening With Christy Mathewson


NEXT PERFORMANCE:

Santa Clarita VSP FORCE Basebal Club

IMPORTANT NOTICE! VENUE CHANGE!!!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
7:30pm
VALENCIA United Methodist Church
25718 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

Call Jason at (661) 510-1310 for reservations, ticket sales and more information!
THE PERFECT FAMILY NIGHT!

A "VSP FORCE Baseball Club Cooperstown Fundraiser"

Help us get a group of 12 year olds to Cooperstown! The VSP FORCE will be playing in beautiful upstate New York July 5-12, 2014!  These kids have been together for 5 seasons (a rarity in youth travel baseball) and this trip is the culmination of a wonderful ride before they move on - ready to play at their respective high schools. Help a fantastic cause and,
at the same time, see a GREAT piece of theatre in Santa Clarita DIRECT from Times Square in New York City  --- terrific fun for the entire family! DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! It has been two years since MATTY was last performed in the greater Los Angeles area.

Tickets will be available at the door and additional donations will gratefully be accepted. Suggested price $20 per person, $10 for students --- or a $50 maximum for a family of 4+!





National Baseball Hall of Fame

In addition, there is talk of adding another performance, perhaps in the Summer of 2014 in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. MATTY was not only the first inductee into baseball's hallowed shrine but MATTY is the first outside event (play) ever performed at the Museum. There are now regular arts events that make their way into Cooperstown as special events.  We are proud to have had any hand in that transformation. It has been twelve years since MATTY was performed last in the Grandstand Theatre at the Hall (there were numerous performances there from 1997 to 2001) so we're hoping for more details as they become available! This event would help commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Hall's Building in Cooperstown.




Please check this web site frequently to see if there may be a late addition to the schedule for engagements in 2008-09.

Due to the financial crisis many of the scheduled MATTY performances for 2009 were postponed for future dates.

Check here throughout the year to see when these dates are set!

* POSSIBLE PERFORMANCE IN THE NEAR FUTURE AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY! Check this website for details as they become available!

POSTPONED (perhaps Summer 2014)

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Cooperstown, New York

*Fall 2011? --- Scheduling conflicts have put Matty's return to Cooperstown for another encore performance up in the air.  Details are being worked out. All shows will be in the Grandstand Theatre at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown!  More details in the near future! Tentative dates for September or October, 2011.


Other possible engagements in the works for 2012-13:

UCLA

Pittsburgh, PA

Boston, Massachusetts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Santa Monica, CA

Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake, NY)

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre (Rochester, NY)

Round Rock, Texas

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Los Angeles, California

Sarasota, Florida

The White House --- Washington, D.C.

St. Petersburg, Florida

Chicago

The Nolan Ryan Center (Alvin, Texas)

Lancaster Center For The Performing Arts (Lancaster, California)

San Diego Show in the Works (site to and dates be determined)

MCI National Sports Museum (Washington, DC)

Key Largo, Florida

Pasadena, California


* Check this page regularly for updated schedule information!



Other performance dates for MATTY are now being scheduled.  Please bookmark this site and visit every week to see the updates.  Mr. Frierson's schedule has been very full so co-ordinating shows is a real juggling act.  DON'T MISS THE FUN! You may also e-mail THE MATHEWSON FOUNDATION for updates via the internet.

All shows begin at 8 PM local time (unless otherwise noted)


"A perfect pitch! Pure Virtuosity!"

--- Clive Barnes

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PAST ROAD PERFORMANCES (following a nine-month run in Los Angeles and a four-month smash hit run Off-Broadway):

1997

February -- Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, Rochester, NY

May/June -- 7-Week Return Engagement at the Two Roads Theatre, L.A.

June 14 -- Valencia High School Auditorium in Valencia, CA (special performance to benefit the Valencia High School Athletic Programs)

July 2-6 -- National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York

October 24 -- Weis Performing Arts Center, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA


1998

January 16, 1998 -- UCLA Little Theatre, UCLA Campus (Los Angeles, CA)

April 3 -- Two Roads Theatre (Studio City, CA)

May 22 --- Keystone College (Factoryville, PA)

May 23 --- Commencement Address at Keystone College (Factoryville, PA) "as Christy Mathewson"

June 26 - "Christy Mathewson" (Eddie Frierson) throws out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants game at 3COM Park!

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June 28 (2PM) - San Francisco (one night only) in conjunction with the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) National Convention.  A rare "free" performance at the San Francisco Airport Marriott. 

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July 3-4 - Return Engagement to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY (July 3rd performance is a 3PM matinee with a free fireworks display over Lake Oswego afterward at sundown!).  The performance July 4 will begin at 7PM --- E-mail John Ralph at National Baseball Hall of Fame or call John Ralph at the Hall of Fame (607)547-0287 for reservations and/or more information.

July 11 - Performance in Saranac Lake, NY to benefit the non-profit "Historic Saranac Lake."  This was a very special show as Mathewson passed away in Saranac Lake on October 7, 1925. The venue was Harrietstown Town Hall, 30 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. For further information or to bring MATTY back to the Adirondacks, contact Mary Hotaling via e-mail at Historic Saranac Lake for any details.

August 7 -- KEYSTONE COLLEGE (Factoryville, Pennsylvania) This performance is in conjunction with "Christy Mathewson Weekend" in Factoryville and is sponsored by the Wayne County Historical Society.  Contact Sally Talaga via e-mail at: Wayne County Historical Society for more information.  Curtain time is 7:00pm.

August 8 -- (Factoryville, Pennsylvania) CHRISTY MATHEWSON DAY PARADE!

September 9 - GILL THEATRE, University of San Francisco

November 15 --- Two Roads Theatre (Studio City, CA)

November 29 --- Hillwood Auditorium (Nashville, Tennessee)


1999

January 10, 1999 --- APAP Conference, New York Hilton, New York (several abbreviated performances --- to give a sense of what MATTY is about) scheduled at 4PM, 7PM and 9PM in Conference Room 543 on the 5th Floor of the Hilton.  Free to the public.

January 15, 1999 -- UCLA Little Theatre, UCLA Campus, Macgowan Hall (Los Angeles, CA)

March 16, 1999 -- UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, Studio Theatre, TAR 130 (Tampa, Florida).  Robin Roberts became the first Baseball Hall of Famer to see "MATTY" (for you trivia buffs) when he attended this performance!

May 13 --- Valencia High School Auditorium in Valencia, CA (special benefit performance for the Valencia High School Baseball and Girls' Basketball programs).  The curtain time was 7:00PM.  Contact (e-mail) Joan Warden  or Greg Hayes with any questions or for more information.

June 2, 1999 --- Sulphur Springs School Assembly (Canyon Country, CA) [POSTPONED]

June 16-20 --- Matty's week in Seattle was June 14-20.  The play was performedFriday and Saturday evenings, June 18 and 19, and Sunday afternoon, June 20.  "Matty" will also appeared at the Season Opener Banquet for the Everett Aquasox (Mariner's minor league club) on Wednesday night, June 16, and threw out the first pitch at their weekend opening series with Yakima on Sunday evening, June 20.   The Aquasox put on a turn back the clock old time baseball motif for the opening week including programs, music, and memorabelia.  Contact Dan Tripps for more information.

August 13-14 --- Keystone College, Factoryville, Pennsylvania.   This weekend celebrated Christy Mathewson's 119th Birthday in MATTY's hometown and featured the first ever CHRISTY MATHEWSON ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (e-mail The Mathewson Foundation for details), the 4th Annual Christy Mathewson Parade and the 2nd Annual Big 6K Run!  The weekend, however, was sadly marred by the theft of precious Mathewson memorabilia from its display case at Keystone.  A reward is being offered for the safe return of the "unsellable" items.  Click here for details.

August 20 --- Whitmore/Lindley Theatre Center in North Hollywood, CA (Los Angeles).  8PM Performance.  For reservations call: (818) 761-0704.

OCTOBER 16 --- University of Tulsa (Oklahoma), Tyrrell Hall: MATTY will be performed as part of this very exciting weekend --- "OUR SPORTING LIFE" --- sponsored by the wonderful literary magazine, NIMROD.  There were workshops on October 15, 16 and 17.  "Games Writers Play" was the panel for Saturday morning the 16th and MATTY caps the weekend that evening.  Also featured this weekend were renowned writers W.P. Kinsella (author of SHOELESS JOE -- "Field of Dreams"  and Eliot Asinof (author of EIGHT MEN OUT).  Call the NIMROD office at 918-631-3080 for more information.

2000

FEBRUARY 12 --- MATTY came back to Southern California with a very special performance to benefit the Canyon High School (of Anaheim) Theatre and Athletic Programs.  An Off-Broadway show with the entire family to help support a worthy cause!

August 11-12 --- Keystone College, Factoryville, Pennsylvania.   This weekend celebrated Christy Mathewson's 120th Birthday in MATTY's hometown and features the 5th Annual Christy Mathewson Parade and the 3rd Annual Big 6K Run!  Call Keystone College at (717) 945-5141 for more information on next year's celebration!   August in Factoryville has become an annual "MATTY" event!

 

October 20-22 --- OUR TOWN THEATRE (Oakland, Maryland)!   This very special weekend brought "MATTY" to Western Maryland for the very first time!  Just a two hour drive South of Pittsburgh, these shows were a hit during the Fall Classic (both the World Series and the changing of the leaves!)!  A delightfully small 60-seat venue, the Our Town Theatre offered one of the most intimate opportunities to see MATTY up close.  We're hoping to return MATTY to the Our Town Theatre very soon.  If you would like more information or would like to request a return trip to Western Maryland don't miss the chance to call the Our Town Theatre at (301) 334-5640.

2001

February 11, 2001 -- UCLA Little Theatre, UCLA Campus, Macgowan Hall (Los Angeles, CA).  This return engagement at UCLA was a huge success as the performance honored the memory of former UCLA Head Baseball Coach Art Reichle and was attended by the UCLA Baseball Team.  It was a celebration of life and baseball!  Coach Gary Adams organized the event.

 

March 16-17, 2001 -- Play Ball!   MATTY kicked off Spring Training at the Arroyo Repertory Theatre in Pasadena, California.   The ART's Courtyard Theatre is located on the campus of the St. James United Methodist Church, 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104.  For ticket reservations or information on other Arroyo shows call (626) 398-6522 -- and be sure to tell that that you "saw it on the MATTY Web Site!"

 

APRIL/MAY 2001 --- MATTY was performed in Valencia, California April 27 and 29 and May 5 at the Valencia United Methodist Church!   Performance times:

Friday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m.

* Valencia United Methodist Church is located at  25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California.  You may phone the Church for information and directions --- or to ask them to bring MATTY back for a return run!  Phone the Church offices at 661-255-1301 or by fax at 661-255-0119.  You may also e-mail umcv@umcv.org.

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July 6-15, 2001! --- A two week run at the Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre in Newhall, California!  Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm.  The theatre is located at 24266 San Fernando Road in Newhall, California.  Call SCRT at 661-222-7278 for reservations and information or e-mail artistic director Craig Duswalt.   More information can also be obtained by clicking the above link for the SCRT!

Click here to go to THE SANTA CLARITA REPERTORY THEATRE home page to learn more about the July 6-15, 2001 run of MATTY!

July 21, 2001 IN VERMONT! --- MATTY will be performed in the Enosburg Falls, Vermont at the Enosburg Falls Opera House on July 21st!  Curtain time is 7:30pm.  Check here or e-mail the Mathewson Foundation for more information as the date draws near!

The Opera House at Enosburg Falls

123 Depot Street

P.O. Box 1150

Enosburg Falls, Vermont 

802-933-6171

July 24-26, 2001!--- National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY! The dates have now been locked in and MATTY returns to the Hall's Grandstand Theatre July 24-26.  That's the week before "Hall of Fame Week" that will include the inductions of Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield, Bill Mazeroski and Hilton Smith!  E-mail Scot Mondore at the National Baseball Hall of Fame with additional questions.  Mr. Mondore may also be reached at the Hall of Fame (607-547-0270) for reservations and/or more information.  We'll see you at "the birthplace of baseball!"   This event will be co-sponsored by the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown and will include opportunities to dine at the world famous Otesaga with Mr. Frierson and other Hall guests.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York!

AUGUST, 2001 --- A return trip to Christy Mathewson's home town of Factoryville, Pennsylvania for "Christy Mathewson Birthday Weekend" festivities including a performance of MATTY at Keystone College, the Big 6k Run, MATTY night at a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons AAA baseball game, breakfast for the town and the annual Christy Mathewson Parade!  Regrettably, conflicts in Mr. Frierson's schedule for the Matty Weekend dates will not allow him to be in Factoryville for the festivities this year. However, the events commemorating Matty's 121st birthday will still take place in Factoryville and we look forward to seeing "MATTY" back at the festivities in 2002!

SEPTEMBER 16, 2001 --- "MATTY" IN PASADENA! The Baseball Reliquary sponsored MATTY as part of its "The Interior Diamond: Baseball and the Arts" series.  This special performance was performed at 2pm at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium in the Pasadena Central Library.  The address is 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, California.  For information on the Baseball Reliquary call 626-791-7647.   The press release for this performance follows below the dedication:

The BASEBALL RELIQUARY Inc.

The Baseball Reliquary - Monrovia, California

 

PRESS RELEASE:

MATTY
AN EVENING WITH CHRISTY MATHEWSON

Sunday, September 16, 2:00 PM
Donald R. Wright Auditorium
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, California
Free Admission / Information (626) 791-7647

          As part of its series The Interior Diamond: Baseball and the Arts, the Baseball Reliquary will present Eddie Frierson’s acclaimed one-man theatrical performance, “Matty: An Evening with Christy Mathewson.” Following in the tradition of such stage vehicles as Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight” and James Whitmore’s “Give ‘em Hell, Harry!,” Frierson’s portrait of the early 20th century pitching legend is based largely on the subject’s own words. In studied contrast to many of his vulgar, tobacco-chewing contemporaries, Christy Mathewson, winner of 373 games during his career, was a Bucknell graduate who headed two college literary societies and sung for the campus choir. As a member of John McGraw’s rowdy New York Giants for the first 17 years of the century, Mathewson was publicized as such a model of clean living that he inspired fictional baseball heroes for children and was considered personally responsible for attracting women and entire families to the Polo Grounds.

        In an extraordinary two-hour performance that took him 12 years to research and write, Frierson brings Matty to life and chronicles many of the era’s most fascinating personalities and events, including Frank Chance, Harry Pulliam, Bill Klem, Fred Merkle’s “Boner,” Charles “Victory” Faust, John McGraw, Hal Chase, and the Black Sox Scandal. Frierson’s show concludes with his hero crossing over into the 21st century as he engages the audience in a question-answer session.

        A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Eddie Frierson pitched collegiately at UCLA, where he obtained a Theatre Arts degree and bypassed a professional baseball career to pursue acting. He has been featured in dozens of television programs and many feature films and is the recipient of a New England Drama Critics’ Award.

        “Matty: An Evening with Christy Mathewson” will be presented on Sunday, September 16, 2001 at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, California. The performance will begin at 2:00 PM (doors open at 1:30 PM) and admission is free of charge. Free parking is available on the street in the vicinity of the library or in the Los Angeles County parking structure located at 240 Ramona Street, one-half block south of Walnut, between Marengo and Garfield Avenues.

        The series The Interior Diamond: Baseball and the Arts is made possible in part by a grant from LIVE! @ your library, an initiative of the American Library Association, with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

        For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at skpubs@earthlink.net.

 

2002

Note:  September 11, 2001 cancelled most of the scheduled MATTY performances for the year.

JANUARY 30, 2002 --- SPECIAL PRIVATE PERFORMANCE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR "R.B.I." (Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities). This show was performed at Universal Studios' Globe Playhouse for dozens of baseball (mostly Dodger) and other sports dignitaries including:   Sparky Anderson, Adrian Beltre, Scott Boras, Bobby Castillo, Ron Cey, Bob Daly, Tommy Davis, Rod Dedeaux, Al Downing, Dan Evans, Mitch Gaylord, Dennis Gilbert, Jim Gott, Bob Graziano, Tommy Hawkins, Matt Herges, "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Jay Johnstone, Adam Katz, Kenny Landeraux, Tommy Lasorda, Rudy Law, Ken Medlock, Roger McDowell, Joe Moeller, Dick Nen, Robb Nen, Peter O'Malley, Chan Ho Park, Wes Parker, Reggie Smith, Duke Snider, Derrel Thomas, Maury Wills, Steve Yeager and John Young . . . among others.   WHAT A BLAST!

APRIL 2, 2002 --- Special performance at Valerio Elementary School in Van Nuys, CA

APRIL 3, 2002 --- Special performance at Victory Elementary School in North Hollywood, CA

MAY 13, 2002 --- Special performance at John Glenn High School in Norwalk, CA.

AUGUST 9, 2002 --- A return trip to Christy Mathewson's home town of Factoryville, Pennsylvania for "Christy Mathewson Birthday Weekend" festivities included a performance of MATTY at Keystone College (Friday the 9th), the Big 6k Run, breakfast for the town and the annual Christy Mathewson Parade (Saturday the 10th) and more!  Keystone College was once again the sponsor and the entire town of Factoryville joined in for the events commemorating Matty's 122nd birthday in 2002!  Call Keystone College at (570) 945-5141 for more information on the College or for next year's celebration plans!

2003

January 17-19, 3002 --- "MATTY" was performed three times at McNeese State University over the January 19th weekend for fun and to help benefit McNeese Baseball. More information on McNeese State University can be found at:

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For additional information about the McNeese State Baseball program call (337) 475-5484, fax Head Baseball Coach Todd Butler at (337) 475-5063 or E-Mail Lyles Martin at McNeese State Baseball.

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January 24, 2003 --- UCLA's Little Theatre, Macgowan Hall.  This performance has become a bi-annual tradition at UCLA and was presented to the public courtesy of UCLA Baseball.   Curtain time was  7:30 p.m.  Adults $10, Students $5.  Call Brian Smith in the UCLA Athletic Department at (310) 206-3302 for information on the performance already being tentatively booked for January of 2005 OR e-mail information@matty.org --- This performance was in conjunction with UCLA Baseball's Alumni Weekend.   What could be more fun than enjoying a performance with the past, present and future major leaguers on the UCLA Bruin Baseball Team?

 

April 11-12, 2003 --- Northridge United Methodist Church.  Two special performances in teh San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles!  "Matty" delighted audiences that filled the seats at NUMC and temporarily transformed the sanctuary into the turn-of-the-century Polo Grounds!

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June 28, 2003 --- THE PACIFICA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER located at Pacifica High School, 600 East Gonzales Road, Oxnard, California.

Join in the Oxnard, California Centennial Celebration!

This was one of the most anticipated and unique MATTY events ever!  On the day that the New York Giants played the Chicago White Sox in an exhibition game in Oxnard, California on November 11, 1913, the schools were closed, thousands showed up and two newspapers covered the event.  The Giants won 3-2. 

The City of Oxnard celebrated its 100th Anniversary this year and to commemorate that event they are re-created the game that was played there during the famous 1913 World Tour featuring Charles Comisky's Chicago White Sox and John McGraw's New York Giants.  This event featured local historians lecturing on the event (with multimedia presentations), a performance of Eddie Frierson's acclaimed Off-Broadway play, MATTY and then culminating with the re-created game from 1913 at Oxnard College on Sunday, June 29.  The detail for the day even included a race between "Hans Lobert" and a horse!  This is just a small portion of a myriad of activites that were planned (i.e. dances, fireworks, concerts).

SUMMER RUN AT THE SANTA CLARITA REPERTORY THEATRE in Newhall, California!  MATTY returned to the REP for a two week run in August!

2004

March 20, 2004 --- HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS was the location site for this performance that was part of the Society of American Baseball Research's Dead Ball Era Committee Annual Meeting --- but open to the public.  Curtain time was 1:00pm at the Historic Malco Theatre (where President Bill Clinton attended the movies as a kid) and the admission was be only $10.  For information call Maxwell Blade's Theater of Magic at 501-623-6200.

July 31, 2004 --- THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Washington, D.C. (this was a special "adapted" performance as part of the Smithsonian's FAMILY FESTIVAL in conjunction with the Hall of Fame's BASEBALL AS AMERICA exhibit.  "MATTY" was in the museum throughout the day meeting patrons, telling stories and bringing the past to life!  Contact the Smithsonian if you'd like more details --- admission was free.

AUGUST 13, 2004 --- Matty returned to his hometown of Factoryville, Pennsylvania once again as part of Christy Mathewson Weekend August 13-14.  The show was again held in the Brooks Theatre at Keystone College.  Curtain time was 7pm and a capacity crowd was on hand.  On Saturday, August 14 was the annual BIG 6K Run, followed by breakfast on the Green at Keystone and the Mathewson Parade down main street in Factoryville beginning at Keystone College and ending at the Christy Mathewson Athletic Complex.

2005

April 10, 2005 --- "MATTY" was performed on Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 1:00pm Main Auditorium at the Missouri Historical Society's Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.  The performance was originally scheduled to be presented in the in open area of the Museum's Grand Hall in the Emerson Center but at the last second the auditorium was secured for the show and allowed for the full theatricality of the event!  Christy Mathewson had his greatest luck against the St. Louis ballclub (24 consecutive victories!) and it was fun to visit the site where the Giants first met up with their 1911 mascot, Charley Faust.  For more information on this WONDERFUL museum (free to the public) please contact the Missouri Historical Society for more --- (314)454-3150 or click the above icon links to go to the Society's Website.

Already performed in 2005-06:

 

Temecula, California

June 11, 2005

This performance will benefit the Temecula Preparatory School Baseball Program.  The performance (NOTE: TIME CHANGE! CURTAIN IS NOW 6:00pm!!!!) will be held in the campus auditorium of:

St. Jeanne de Lestonnac

32650 Avenida Lestonnac

Temecula, CA  92591

Directions From I-15 in Temecula:  Exit Rancho California Road, go east off of the freeway and turn right onto Butterfield Stage Left onto Avenida Lestonnac.  For more information call Temecula Preparatory School at 951-926-6776 or e-mail Jacob Kruger.

 

June 19-25, 2005

Valencia, California

MATTY returns for two encore performances at the Valencia United Methodist Church in Valencia, California on Fathers' Day, June 19 and Saturday, June 25.  Curtain times are as follows:

Valencia United Methodist Church

Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 p.m. (Free Bar-B-Que Following!)

Saturday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.

* Valencia United Methodist Church is located at  25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia, California.  You may phone the Church for information and directions --- or to ask them to bring MATTY back for a return run!  Phone the Church offices at 661-255-1301 or by fax at 661-255-0119.  You may also e-mail umcv@umcv.org.  These performances are free to the public courtesy of VUMC but you are encouraged to give as you wish to benefit the Church's Youth Programs.

July 21 & 23, 2005

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

or the third time Eddie Frierson travels as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's touring exhibit, BASEBALL AS AMERICA!  "MATTY" rolls to Texas for the first time since the old spring training days at Marlin Springs to become a 'living exhibit' with this wonderful, special exhibition!  Performances are tentatively scheduled for 6:30p.m. on Thursday evening, July 21st and at 2p.m. on Saturday, July 23.  We hope to see you in the Lone Star State!  Click on the above link for more information or call the Museum directly at 713-639-7300.

November 5, 2005

BENEFIT FOR H.I.S. HOUSE

Valencia High School Auditorium

500 N. Bradford Avenue

Placentia, California

This special performance was a benefit H.I.S. HOUSE in the Placentia, California area (near Anaheim).  Curtain was 7:30pm for the performance at Valenica High School's Auditorium in Placentia but the fun started at 6:45pm with an auction that garnered over $1700 for a great cause!  For more information about H.I.S. HOUSE call (714)993-5774.

 
2006

 February 25, 2006

William S. Hart High School Auditorium

24825 Newhall Avenue
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Newhall, California


The very special 7:30pm curtain time was a "pay what you can" performance of MATTY at the William S. Hart Auditorium in Newhall benefitted the David Ewart Family.   A good chunk of cash was raised for a wonderful family in need.  If you would like more information on how you can donate to the Ewart Catastrophe fund contact Josy Block at
Blocktalk@pacbell.net or call her at at 661-254-8412.

Why?

On December 20, 2005, just 5 days before Christmas, a house fire raced through the Ewart family home in Valencia, CA. Six family members were injured, three of them critically.

David Ewart, 48, Violinist, was burned over 43% of his body. His father, Hugh, 81, had burns over 15% of his body and also suffered broken bones when he was forced to escape from a second story balcony.

Michael Ewart, 15, suffered burns to over 50% of his body. David and Michael remain at the Grossman Burn Center in critical but stable condition. Hugh Ewart has been released from the hospital but remains under the care of physicians at the Center.

The fire was devastating, completely destroying their family home and all the contents, including David's beloved violin that had been in the family for hundreds of years! The family lost all their photographic memories, school projects, art pieces, music collections, musical instruments, etc.

The good news is that three family members are ok. Heather Ewart, 10, escaped with minor injuries as did her brother, Jonathan Ewart, 13. Their grandmother, Esther, is also doing well.The Ewart family is a very community-oriented family and they have dedicated their lives to helping others. Now it is our turn to give back.

Please be sure to visit
www.ewartaid.org or Jonathan's website for more details: http://geocities.com/fmabbott@sbcglobal.net/ 

HUGH, MICHAEL AND DAVID ARE ALL HOME!

DAVID has been going through doctors appointments and it's just a miracle how "up and around" he is.  He's been fitted for a pressure suit that he will need to wear 24/7 for the next several months. It will take about 3 weeks for the suit to be made and since it is so tailored there could even be more alterations needed once the suit comes in. He is in good spirits. He is trying not to scratch his neck/back, though his skin itches terribly. He is sleeping better at night since having the heated mattress pad, though occasionally his temperature gets hot & cold and makes it too uncomfortable to sleep.

MICHAEL had a very warm reception at the week of January 23 - the kids were great!  He is continuing with his own hefty round of doctors appointments and resting, when needed. We were told that the doctors were concerned about Michael's range of motion in his arms, so he has had to sleep with these huge things on his arms. He didn't sleep very well at first, but now is getting used to them & is sleeping better. If this doesn't take care of the problem, he may have to have another surgery on his arms, so please pray for total and complete strength & flexibility so that he won't have to have the surgery.

April 21, 28-29, 2006
The Santa Monica Playhouse
The Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, California 90401


These dates in April brought MATTY back to the famed Santa Monica Playhouse.  More than 18 years ago MATTY got it's early start with several "developmental" benefits at the Playhouse. Now, the show returned to benefit the Playhouse so that this wonderful troupe can continue to deliver great programs in the future. These dates were locked-in with curtain times of 7:30 p.m.  We hope we saw you by the beach!  For more information on the Santa Monica Playhouse you can e-mail by clicking here (or click on the Santa Monica Playhouse logo above).


July 22, 2006
Detroit, Michigan

There was ONE performance of MATTY on July 22nd at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit as MATTY followed the National Baseball Hall of Fame's BASEBALL AS AMERICA touring exhibit to the Motor City. Curtain time was 3pm in the historic Anderson Theatre.  Visit the Henry Ford Museum website for more details.

August 11, 2006
Factoryville, Pennsylvaina
What a wonderful return trip for Eddie Frierson and MATTY to Christy Mathwson's hometown of Factoryville, Pennsylvania for the annual Christy Mathewson Weekend hosted by Keystone College.  A sellout performance (record crowd for the Theatre in Brooks at Keystone) and shared billing with acclaimed writer Frank Deford (who read excerpts from his book THE OLD BALL GAME) marked several enjoyable events.  Frierson threw out the first pitch at Christy Mathewson prior to a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons vs Pawtucket Red Sox AAA game, the President's reception, an ice cream social, the Big 6k Run, breakfast on the green at Keystone and a terrific Christy Mathewson Day Parade down Main Street in Factoryville.  It was a weekend taste of Americana at its finest!

 


Monday, July 16, 2007
7:30 p.m
Texas A & M University!
Ray Auditorium
4117 TAMU, 3003 Wehner Building
College Station, TX 77843-4117

For several years some of Christy Mathewson's fondest memories of Spring Training with the New York Giants centered from Marlin Springs, Texas.  Texas called again in the Summer of 2007!   Monday, July 16th at 7:30 p.m. was an international extravaganza at Texas A&M! This show was part of a wonderful international student program. We're looking for a return trip to College Station in 2008!

2008

February 15-16, 2008

CANYON THEATRE GUILD (Newhall, CA)

Canyon Theatre Guild

24242 Main Street
Newhall, CA 91321-2911
(661) 799-2702


These performances of MATTY were performed at the lovely Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse in downtown Newhall just north of Los Angeles.  Proceeds benefitted the Santa Clarita Food Pantry. Over $1500 in funds were raised to help those in need in the Santa Clarita Valley!  THANK YOU to the Canyon Theatre Guild and Eddie Frierson!  Christy Mathewson continues to touch lives more than 80 years after his passing.  Remarkable.  Performances were at 8pm both evenings and were attend by a very large walk-up audience!  Several hundred enjoyed the weekend.  It was great fun for the whole family!


Texas State University

One Performance Only!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

San Marcos, Texas

It happened! MATTY traveled to Texas again! This special mid-week performance was for the entire family! We hope you didn't miss out! Contact Texas State University's Encore Series Website (link below) for more info! 

7:30pm
LBJSC Teaching Theatre

in the LBJ Student Center on the
Texas State Campus
www.encoreseries.txstate.edu

TEXAS IN JULY!

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

One Performance Only!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bryan High School Theater

3450 Campus Drive
Bryan, TX 77802

7:30pm

MATTY will be traveled to Texas for the third time in a year! This special mid-week performance was for the entire family and was part of a wonderful international student program sponsored by the State Department and Texas A&M University. The show was in a wonderful theatre space off campus in Bryan, Texas located at the Bryan High School. 

CANCELLED:

ARIZONA PERFORMANCES CANCELLED!

To benefit the International Thespian Society

Troupe 6990

Chino Valley High School
760 E Center St.
Chino Valley, AZ
928-636-2298

MATTY had hoped to be traveling to Arizona as a fabulous fund raiser for one of the world's premier high school drama coaches and to support the International Thespian Society Troupe 6990! Danna Doyle invited Eddie Frierson to perform at Chino Valley High School in Chino Valley, Arizona to help raise funds to give her students and the troupe some of the funds they need to bring their theatrical programs to the next level!  But funding was unavailable to kick off the event and Danna has now moved to the next phase of her career. We hope to work with her in the future!

Then:

KEYSTONE COLLEGE

Keystone College - La Plume (Factoryville), PA

One Performance Only!

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Theatre in Brooks

Factoryville, Pennsylvania

This was a return to Christy Mathewson's hometown of Factoryville, Pennsylvania for "CHRISTY MATHEWSON DAYS 2008." Matty (Eddie Frierson) threw out the first pitch at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees vs. Pawtucket Red Sox AAA game on Thursday the 7th.  There was be a Friday evening performance at 7pm, Big 6k run on Saturday with breakfast on the green and the annual Mathewson Day Parade! Plan your visit for 2010 when MATTY will return to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.  Drive a few miles northwest on highway BIG 6 and join in on all the fun! Contact Keytsone for more details!

2009

December 11, 2009
Cal Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
 

CBU Lancers Baseball
Just like the Lancers Baseball program this show was an amazing success! The CBU baseball team sold out the house and a true blast was had by all. Funds were raised for equipment and continued improvements the the already terrific CBU Baseball Facilities. Congratulations to Coach Gary Adcock, his staff and his players for putting together such a terrific event. Also thanks to Dan Robinson in the CBU Theatre Department for taking care of all of the technical aspects of the production.

2010



Don't Miss MATTY April 18th!
April 18, 2010
Valencia United Methodist Church
3:00 pm
VUMC

Valencia United Methodist Church


25718 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
* PLEASE RSVP TO RESERVE A SEAT (661) 255-1301

It’s baseball season, and we’ve got just the event to get you in the mood!   Eddie Frierson will perform a one-man show based on the life of Christy Mathewson, Baseball Hall-of-Famer, war hero, and advisor to presidents.  

The play is open to all, however, we recommend it for children nine and older (although younger with a sincere love for baseball should enjoy it). There will be special activities during the play for children under age nine.

There is no charge for admission.  A freewill offering will be taken with all proceeds going to “Family Promise of Santa Clarita,” a temporary housing program for homeless families in our community.

To add to the fun, we’re having a “Tailgate Party” in our parking lot starting at 5:30 pm. There will be food – hotdogs, of course – games, music and a drawing for what else…..baseball game tickets!  There will be a $3.00 cost for food which includes a hotdog, chips and drink.

We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors who don't have a church home to this great event. If you do bring a guest, their food ticket cost is on us.

Tickets (whether you attend the tailgate party or not) are required, so be sure to pick yours up during coffee fellowship or through the church office. Don’t delay – we’re planning on a full house!

For a flyer, click here.


Patricia Hayes Scholarship Benefit
                                                   --- Bob Costas, NBC

Los Angeles Times "MATTY" Article by Jerry Crowe!


Read the article in the May 31, 2010 Los Angeles Times by Jerry Crowe! Click here (or the "TIMES" image above!

June 6, 2010
Canyon Theatre Guild
6:30 pm
Proceeds Benefit the Patricia Hayes Community Service Scholarship Fund

THE CANYON THEATRE GUILD
24242 Main Street
Newhall, CA 91322

* PLEASE CALL GREG HAYES TO RESERVE A SEAT
(661) 254-0960
Patricia Hayes Scholarship Fund
*  To honor Patricia Hayes and her life of service to the community, her friends and family have established a scholarship fund to distribute awards annually to college bound high school seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion and service to others. To most who knew her and continue to remember her kindness and million dollar smile, 'Pat' was "Ma Hayes." She was (and always will be) Eddie Frierson's "West Coast Mom." Her birthday, August 12th, is shared with Christy Mathewson and she was forever an enthusiastic supporter of "MATTY."  She was one of those rare individuals who touched every life she ever crossed in a positive manner.  She was also the first to suggest using Christy Mathewson and this wonderful show to raise funds for those less fortunate (HIS House).  Help us honor her by enjoying a terrific evening of theatre with all proceeds donated in memory of one of the great friends, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts ... one of the great ladies of our time, Pat Hayes.

For a flyer about the scholarship fund,
click here.


Thursday, August 12, 2010
7:30pm
Theatre in Brooks
Keystone College

Keystone College - La Plume (Factoryville), PA


for "Christy Mathewson Days"
Factoryville, PA
* for a pdf of the weekend's schedule click the Keystone Logo above
CALL (570) 945-8169 FOR TICKETS!

     MATTY returned for it's semi-annual appearance in Christy Mathewson's hometown of Factoryville, Pennsylvania to celebrate Matty's 130th birthday with "Christy Mathewson Days." Keystone College (formerly Keystone Academy where Christy Mathewson attended grammar school) throws the event for the whole community. President Ned Boehm is quite the host and the Borough really takes pride in the celebration. A full weekend slate was scheduled beginning with the performance of MATTY on Thursday evening, August 12 (Mathewson's actual birthday) at 7:30 in the Theatre in Brooks on the Keystone campus. Tickets were $3 for adults and $2 for children under 12.  Call (570) 945-8169 for more information.
     Prior to the performance on Thursday at 4:30 (in the Gambal Gymnasium) Frank Ceresi, appraiser for SCP and Sothoby's Auctions, appraised items brought in (3 item limit per person) of pre-WWII baseball memorabilia (including a wonderful full Dom DiMaggio Boston Red Sox uniform). The Christy Mathewson Collection also was on display at that time in the lobby of Gambal.  
     FRIDAY NIGHT, August 13, was very special. In the Theatre in Brooks the world premeire of the CHRISTY MATHEWSON DAYS documentary film took place. It is a marvelous documentary film. A wonderful ice cream social followed at Gambal Gymnasium.
     SATURDAY, AUGUST 14:  The BIG 6K run bright and early at 8am with registration at 7:30am.  "Christy Mathewson" "started" the race and promptly got in the way causing a log jam as severalrunners tripped up at the start.  Nonetheless, at 9am all of the awards for the runners were be given out followed by breakfast on the College Green courtesy of the world's friendliest institution of higher learning, Keystone College.  At 11am was the Christy Mathewson Day Parade from Keystone, down Main Street, to the Christy Mathewson Little League Complex where at noon the day and wonderful weekend finished out with awards, a little league all star game, Trail Youth Soccer exhibition, live music, food, raffles and MORE!WE HOPE YOU DIDN'T MISS A SINGLE EVENT! See you next time in Factoryville!
www.factoryville.org

2011

VSA Vipers
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Lanterman Auditorium
4491 Cornishon Avenue
La Canada/Flintridge, CA
7:00 pm
Tickets $25

This very special performance in the Los Angeles area raised over $10,000 to benefit the VSA Vipers 9u Baseball Team for their trip to the USSSA Elite 32 National Championship in Orlando, Florida July 30 thru August 8. Thank you to those who came out to see MATTY at a fun venue (the large crowd meant added enjoyment!) and helped support the Vipers. They are currently ranked #1 in the Nation! E-mail Scott at chatsworthbball@earthlink.net for more information on the VSA Vipers Baseball Club.

2011

June 23, 2011
MATTY Returned "Home!" to
MATTY in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania!
2011 marked the 75th Anniversary of Christy Mathewson's induction with the Innagural Class into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (1936). To commemorate this event, Mathewson's adopted town (Lewisburg, PA) and his Alma Mater (Bucknell University) pulled out all the stops to not just honor Matty and his many achievements but they also be honored all veterans on the weekend of June 25, 2011.  Eddie Frierson performed MATTY on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in the Lewisburg Area High School Auditorium (Bucknell's Weis Center was going through renovations) at 7pm.  The week was sponsored by the Union County Veterans'4th of July Committee, Inc. Tickets were just $10 and $5 for kids under 12. Great family entertainment at a bargain price!

For ticket information and purchase there were several options:

The Mercantile, 319 Market Street, Lewisburg

Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, 331 Market Street, Lewisburg
and
La Vielle Maison Des Livres, 344 Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg

On Friday, June 24, the Christy Mathewson Memorial Gate on the Bucknell campus was be re-dedicated to honor Mathewson with similar fanfare to when it was originally dedicated in 1927 by Commisioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Big League Baseball, Bucknell and Lewisburg. On Saturday the 25th there was the huge Veterans' Day Parade to honor Mathewson and ALL veterans. Attendees for the week's festivities included members of the Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Connie Mack families --- and more! WONDERFUL!

2012

The Freemont Center Theatre

Sunday and Monday, November 4-5, 2012

FREMONT CENTER THEATRE
1000 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 441-5977

The two performances in November at the wonderful Fremont Center Theatre were wonderful and raised funds for a terrific cause. Curtain time was 7:30 p.m. A beautiful venue and the perfect place for sellout crowds to meet Christy Mathewson.


2013

Friday, August 9, 2013
7:30pm
Theatre in Brooks
Keystone College

Keystone College - La Plume (Factoryville), PA


for "Christy Mathewson Days"
Factoryville, PA
* for a pdf of the weekend's schedule click the Keystone Logo above
CALL (570) 945-8169 FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION!

MATTY returned for it's semi-annual appearance in Christy Mathewson's hometown of Factoryville, Pennsylvania to celebrate Matty's 133rd birthday with "Christy Mathewson Days." Keystone College (formerly Keystone Academy where Christy Mathewson attended grammar school) threw the event for the whole community. Keystone is quite the host and the Borough really takes pride in the celebration. A full weekend slate was scheduled beginning with the performance of MATTY on Friday evening, August 9th (Mathewson's actual birthday is the 12th) at 7:30 in the Theatre in Brooks on the Keystone campus. Call (570) 945-8169 for more information.
     
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10:  The BIG 6K run bright and early at 8am with registration at 7:30am.  "Christy Mathewson" may have "started" the race so we hope you didn't miss it.  At approximately 9am all of the awards for the runners were given out followed by breakfast on the College Green courtesy of the world's friendliest institution of higher learning, Keystone College.  At 11am was the Christy Mathewson Day Parade from Keystone, down Main Street, to the Christy Mathewson Little League Complex where at noon the day and wonderful weekend finished out with awards, perhaps a little league all star game, maybe a Trail Youth Soccer exhibition, live music, food, raffles and MORE! WE HOPE YOU DID NOT MISS A SINGLE EVENT! It was great to see you in Factoryville!
www.factoryville.org


IN MEMORY . . .

In the wake of the horrible tragedies in our Nation the week of this show this performance of MATTY was dedicated to honor the memory of all those who lost their lives in the attack on America, including American Airlines Flight 77 Captain Charles "Chick" Burlingame III.

In Memory of Charles "Chick" Burlingame . . . Captain of American Flight 77

"Chick," 51, was a veteran pilot and former Navy officer. A graduate of Anaheim High School, he went on to the Naval Academy and flew for the Navy. He lived in Virginia and once worked in the Pentagon. But he retained a fondness for the home teams, the Angels and Lakers. Indeed, he'd hoped that his wife, Sheri, would accompany him to Los Angeles so they could attend a baseball game, but he couldn't get seats that were worth the trouble. He wanted to watch the Angels while celebrating his 52nd birthday, which was Wednesday, September 12. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend and he will be sorely missed. Burial is planned at Arlington National Cemetery, where Burlingame's father, a Navy and Air Force veteran, is buried.



REWARD!

for the Return of Stolen Mathewson Memorabilia to Keystone College!

Click here for Information and Details!


For information on the Mathewson Foundation or for "MATTY" booking information, please e-mail Eddie Frierson c/o: The Mathewson Foundation

Copyright 2011 by The Mathewson Foundation