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The Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe opens in San Francisco July 4 with its 56th season premiering "Freedomland"
|A door is blown off its hinges! Into a blasted room of scarred walls and shattered windows, armed with M-16's, America's bravest duck and dodge for cover, finally training their deadly gunsights on... an old black man watching TV on his couch? This isn't Baghdad or Kandahar - its home, and for ex-Black Panther Malcolm Haywood it's just another wrong door police raid in the War on Drugs. And for him, his neighbor Luis (an undocumented immigrant,) and the rest of their neighbors, it's worse than a war zone. Especially now, as the Mayor and the Police Chief ramp up the fear, the funding - and their shiny new tank - to fight the newest drug threat to America... worse than weed, meth, coke, crack, or crank, it's... SNORF!! So of course Malcolm is horrified when his son, Tyler, returns from the army - just as the War on SNORF - and the Black and Brown community - begins!
What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Are the police out of control? Or is Luis actually a SNORF-lord? And can Malcolm convince his son that it is safer to re-up and fight overseas than to try to survive here at home, in Freedomland
FREEDOMLAND written by Michael Gene Sullivan and SFMT Troupers. Music & lyrics by Ira Marlowe. Mime Troupe performers Hugo E Carbajal, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Michael Gene Sullivan and first-time troupe performer George P. Scott.
Check out our full schedule in early May!
The political theater world suffered a great loss last week with the death of trailblazer Judith Malina, actor and co-founder of the Living Theater. Founded in 1947 the Living Theater pioneered modern radical theater and would serve as the inspiration for generations to follow. She remained unflinchingly passionate and outspoken about individual rights her whole life. Click on the links below to learn more about her and the Living Theater.
Read an article on Judith in the New York Times
May 31 Memorial @ Freight & Salvage
Earl it was an honor knowing you.
We are sorry to share the sad news of the passing of Earl Crabb longtime Trouper, friend and Treasurer of our Board of Directors. Earl has been a part of our greater artistic family since his time working with our comrades at the Pickle Family Circus years ago. Earl was not only a positive supporter of our collective efforts but as a skilled photographer, documented Troupe and Pickles projects and events for decades. Likable and good humored, Earl was a truly kind man who always chose helpful rather than harsh words. He was a gentleman in every way and we feel the loss. Our hearts go out to his wife Giselle and his family.
In order to realize our 2015 plans we need to raise $45,000 from this winter appeal! As of Jan 23 we are $7,000 short
, but sooo close! Funding for the arts continues to dissipate and corporate funding would never allow us to sit in our own driver's seat. So we look to you- our community. Know someone whose activist motor is stalled? How about revving them up by donating a gift on their behalf? Donate $500 anytime during the Winter Appeal and we will send you a free t-shirt!
Your donation will keep us on the road so we can keep you out of sinkholes! Read on and donate!
Mud Time Theater
and Denny Partridge
met in 1970 as fellow-members of the SFMT's first collective. They moved east together in1976 and spent the next 30 years creating, performing and teaching popular theater in New York City and around the world. Since 2006 they've lived in Vermont, where they collaborate as Mud Time Theater. On May 10 & 11
they'll bring two of their teeny two-person plays to the Mime Troupe studio: MILDRED TAKEN CRAZY
and THE NINE QUESTIONS
. They hope all their old pals and comrades, and anyone else who's interested, will come and see what they've been reduced to. The two plays concern disturbing episodes from Vermont history; their style is epic minimalism. Warning: The plays may upset young children, but are fine for a Mother's Day outing.
When: Sunday May 10th at 2.00pm
& Monday May 11th @ 8.00p
Where: 855 Treat Ave
(limited street parking)
Running time: 75 minutes
Suggested Donation: $10
The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not do pantomime. We mean 'mime' in the ancient sense: to mimic. We are satirists, seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life, and at the same time see their causes. We travel the country and the world with our message of solidarity, comedy, and the plight of the worker in our increasingly corporatized democracy, and have done shows about most of the burning issues of our time - normally debunking the official story. And because we want our shows about the issues of the day to be seen by the people who are most effected by those issues- working class families who can't always afford to the ticket prices at the other Tony award winning theaters - we perform most of our shows free in public parks, for tens of thousands of our fellow citizens every summer.