In his one-man play, “Fremont’s Farewell,” author Shelby Raebeck tells the story of Ronald Fremont, a renegade high school English teacher at a posh Hamptons private school who is placed on probation for “breaking down the time-honored boundary between student and teacher.” In his final days, he challenges his students to think for themselves, confesses in graphic terms his own failings (both professionally and personally), and rails in profanity-laced diatribes against the institutions that have them all “trapped in cages.”
On Wednesday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., “Fremont’s Farewell” will be filmed in front of a live studio audience at LTV for future broadcast on the public access station and other outlets. Actor Gerard Doyle will star as Fremont. The two-act performance runs 90 minutes (with an intermission) and reservations to attend the filming are requested, but not required.
Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. His early career included productions for the British repertory theater, a number of television roles and two years touring internationally as a featured player in the English Shakespeare Company. In the U.S., he has appeared on Broadway, on television and in numerous network commercials. He is an award-winning narrator of some 400 audiobooks. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor.
Raebeck grew up in Amagansett and later returned to live in Springs. In between, he accepted fellowships toward his master’s and Ph.D., and taught at schools and universities in a variety of locations around the country, including Massachusetts, Maryland, Louisiana, Utah and California. He is the author of two story collections, “Louse Point: Stories From the East End” and “Night Life: New and Selected Stories,” as well as the critically acclaimed novel, “Sparrow Beach.”
“Fremont’s Farewell” first appeared as a short story (the first part in “Louse Point” and both parts in “Night Life”). His newest work is “Wonderless,” a post-topian novel of a cross-country migration of high school dropouts who don’t fall through the cracks but ascend through them.
LTV Studios is at 7 Industrial Road, Wainscott. To reserve a seat for “Fremont’s Farewell,” email email@example.com. The performance and filming is Wednesday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m.