October 26, 4-6pm
Shelby Raebeck’s short story Freemont’s Farewell performed by actor Gerard Doyle
A renegade high school English teacher at a posh Hamptons private school is placed on probation for “breaking down the time-honored boundary between student and teacher.” In his final days, Ronald Fremont challenges his students to think for themselves, confesses his own shortcomings, and rails in profanity-laced diatribes against the status quo. Act Two takes place several years later when, after a stint at a psychiatric institute, Fremont publishes a best-selling memoir and is invited back to Hampton Country Day to deliver the commencement address. Once again addressing a captive audience, Fremont recounts his Lear-like descent into madness and the lifeline extended to him by a former student--until the graduation ceremony takes an unexpected turn.