1997: Killing Time

Fall of 1997, Tour: ?

35th Season of Free Park Shows!

With federal funding reduced by the continuing rightwing attack on the National Endowment for the Arts, grants provide only 46% of the cost of the SFMT's park season. Our admission-free shows depend on your generous donations.

Written by Joan Holden, Gregory R. Tate, Kate Chumley
       with assistance from Neil Robert Miller & George Bernard Shaw
Music by Bruce Barthol. Liberty Ellman, Eric Crystal, Derrick Phillips
Lyrics by Bruce Barthol
Directed by Michael Gene Sullivan

KILLING TIME featured Michael Oosterom, Conrad Cimarra, Velina Brown,
Ed Holmes, Amos Glick, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro
and band members Eric Crystal, Liberty Ellman & Derrek Phillips

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Poster Design: Spain Rodriguez

Longtime temp-worker Jacob, pushing 30 and beginning to fear destiny has passed him by, cites Clinton's continuing concessions to the right as proof that politics is bunk. Now he is being haunted by a manic bag lady who claims to be in touch with the President. Meanwhile, a mysterious string of E-mail taunts turn the Man from Hope's sneaking fear that history will remember him as a bad joke to terrified certainty, and provokes him to a desperate attempt at breaking capital's chokehold on the capitol. When each finds himself mano-a-mano with "Hacksaw" Jack Belch, king of corporate downsizers, will Clinton have the stuff? Will Jacob seize the time?
Production Photo
Cynthia listens as David paints a picture in her mind of what it's like to be in a redwood forest
Photographer: Neil Robert Miller
Pictured: (l-r) Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Conrad Cimarra

Reviews and Articles:

"...a bona fide S.F. Mime Troupe outdoor show - smart, funny, refreshingly political and deftly performed."
San Francisco Examiner - 7/5/97

"...KILLING TIME serves up plenty of delicious satiric poison..."
---Carol Lloyd
SF Weekly

"The San Francisco Mime Troupe is back in fine rabble-rousing form...high-energy show..."
---Brad Rosenstein
The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"(KILLING TIME) is angry, confused, funny and conflicted, just like life in the 90's..."
---Jim Carnes
The Sacramento Bee

"...the 35- year-old topical satire company soldiers on in an era of widespread political indifference."
SF Chronicle - 7/7/1997

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