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Two amazing performers who will be greatly missed

Audrey Smith
Joan Mankin

The Mime Troupe is honored to be nominated for four Theatre Bay Area awards for Freedomland!

TBA Awards 2015
  • Outstanding World Premiere Musical
  • Outstanding Performance by the Ensemble of a Musical
  • Outstanding Direction: Andrea Snow
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical: Lisa Hori-Garcia
Also, congratulations to collective members Rotimi Agbabiaka for his nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Featured Role in a play for The Amen Corner at AlterTheater Ensemble and Keiko Carreiro for her Costume Design nomination for The Braggart Soldier or Major Blowhard at Custom Made Theatre Co. And, congrats to former collective member Christian Cagigal for his nomination for Outstanding Production of a Solo Play for Obscura at Impact Theatre!

Summer Appeal!

Though our shows are free, again the cost of doing them is anything but. In order to speak out, we need to be heard, literally. Last year we borrowed an excellent sound system with a delay from Meyer Sound Laboratories that made it possible for the actors to be clearly audible to everyone. We don't want to backtrack so we need to purchase the minimum basics of that system to the tune of $9000. Combine that with permits, porta potties, union expenses, fuel costs get the picture... we need to raise 55 thousand dollars. As of Sept 2105 we are $22,000 short of our goal. Read on and donate!

Peter Schumann and his critically acclaimed Bread and Puppet Theater to Tour the West Coast

Bread & Puppet
Photo Credit: Mark Dannenhauer

For the first time in fourteen years, artist Peter Schumann and the Bread and Puppet Theater will tour the West Coast, from Los Angeles to Seattle, with a series of performances, workshops, lectures, exhibits and parades. In the Bay Area from October 7-13, Bread and Puppet Theater will be performing its original play, FIRE, which catapulted the company to international acclaim 50 years ago.

Visit Bread and Puppet's website to find out when you can see them right here in the Bay Area! Or view and print this handy flyer with all their Bay Area events!

At our Troupe Studio

About the play: In 1850, to appease the slaveholding states, the United States Congress passed the "Fugitive Slave Law", which decreed that an escaped slave was no longer free by simply reaching a "Free State." Not only could their ex-Master now pursue escaped slaves anywhere in the Union, a "kidnapper" had the right, under this law, to forcibly deputize anyone, forcing them to help. To resist capture, or refuse help in capturing, were suddenly federal crimes. fugitive/slave/act
"fugitive/slave/act" is a historical drama based on a true story from the turbulent days before the Civil War. Told in the form of a greek tragedy, it follows the story of William Parker, the leader of a community of ex-slaves living free, Castner Hanway, his Mennonite neighbor, and Edward Gorsuch, the slaveowner pursuing his "property," and who could not accept a world where he was not a master. In 1851 they met in the town of Christiana, Pennsylvania.

Date: Sunday, October 18
Time: 7.00p (Doors open 6.45p)
Where: Troupe Studio, 855Treat Ave (tricky street parking)
Tickets: FREE

Dogfight A Musical Love Story


Set in San Francisco and Vietnam, Dogfight is a tender and brutal tale based on the 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor - Dogfight the musical made its off - Broadway debut at Second Stage in 2012. The musical is the winner of the 2011 Richard Rodgers Studio Production Award.

Running at SF Playhouse now through Nov. 7

Don't miss Michael Gene Sullivan in Dogfight! Purchase your tickets today!

Velina Brown's NYC & Berkeley Performance

Check out Velina Brown's interview in the September 2015 issue of THE VOLUNTEER In it Velina shares about her 15 year history of performing at the Abraham Lincoln Brigade reunions.

The next chance to hear Velina sing favorite songs of the Spanish Civil War era at the next ALBA reunion will be Sunday, November 8th, 1pm @ The Freight and Salvage, Berkeley.
Velina Brown

Word for Word's Holiday High Jinx

W4W Holiday High Jinx With stories by Damon Runyon ("Dancing Dan's Christmas"), Joseph Mitchell ("The Cave Dwellers"), and E.B. White ("Christmas and Relative Pronouns", "Notes and Comment"-from The New Yorker, 12/17/32).

All three of our writers were journalists, and all three were journalists in New York, in the 1920's, 1930's, and beyond. Their stories give us the poetry of the city and its uncelebrated people. The warmth of these writers in a cold world-winter cold and '30's Depression cold-glow with holiday spirit. Runyon, Mitchell, and White show us people drawn together in community, celebrating the season and bringing us all a cup of good cheer.

At Z Below, 450 Florida St. Nov 25 - Dec 24

Working on this holiday production: Lisa Hori-Garcia, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Lawton Lovely and Karen Runk.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Lizzie Calogero plays the Fox (among other curious characters) in Marin Theatre Company's Little Prince, in the month of December. A beautiful, classic story of love and relationship, The Little Prince has been touching readers and audiences for decades. This is a great holiday experience for people of all ages. Performance dates are limited so purchase your seats now!


Contact our office if you can help Freedomland tour in the Fall of 2016!

"The show is high--energy and often hilarious while also serving as a sobering depiction of how entire segments of the population can be automatically seen as a threat because of the color of their skin in this supposedly "post-racial" society."
Marin IJ - 7/8/15

"Bravura performance." "Brilliant." "Freedomland stands out as one of the most thoughtful and sobering (of the Troupe's productions.) It is fraught with emotion and analysis. Call it, for want of a better phrase, a "musical tragedy," fueled with a polemicist's intensity, a Shakespearean reach, and a doo-wop dollop of tuneful songs. Freedomland rises to an important new level of radical criticism." - 7/19/15
Poster Design: Lawton Lovely

Learn more about FREEDOMLAND!


VACF Logo The San Francisco Mime Troupe is a grateful grantee of the Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund. This fund administrated through SF Grants for the Arts has been a bonus for local arts organizations particularly with their Creative Space programs that help fund facility upgrades and repairs, expenses that can really impact a company's (like ours) already stretched budget. As your bills come due, we ask all SF PROPERTY OWNERS to regularly check the VACF box on their tax bills and give a donation to help their local San Francisco Arts organizations maintain a home in this increasingly expensive city.

News Letter

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.

Schedule - Come See Us!

  • fugitive/slave/act
    Troupe Studio
    Sun, Oct 18th @ 7:00 PM
    855 Treat Ave, San Francisco map to855 Treat Ave
    Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
    Street parking only
  • Fall Youth Theater Project
    Troupe Studio
    Tue, Nov 10th @ 7:00 PM
    Wed, Nov 11th @ 7:00 PM
    855 Treat Ave, San Francisco map to855 Treat Ave
    Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
    Street parking only, come early!

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