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Joan Holden
Jan 18, 1939 - Jan 19, 2024
 

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If we have been uncharacteristically silent about the death of longtime San Francisco Mime Troupe playwright Joan Holden on January 19, 2024, it is because we are deeply stunned and saddened by the passing of our dear comrade and friend. Also, out of respect for her family’s wishes, we have stepped back to let them grieve their loss privately and undisturbed.
 

Joan was a giant in a small body whose sudden absence highlights her importance to the SFMT and our larger artistic community. Her sharp intellect and desire for justice fueled her writing. With precision and wit, she invented stories that laid the workings of power bare and characters who - when confronted with wrong - strove to do right. Her work at the Mime Troupe shaped the company and its mission, contributing mightily to our legacy and longevity and launching the careers of numerous mentees.
 

Joan was many things to many people across the globe. Her tiny shoes will be impossible to fill. Yet we have the comfort of memories made with her and lessons learned from her. In due time we will gather to reminisce publicaly in celebration of her achievements and life well-lived. Please watch this space for more information.

Condolences can be sent to her family at 1219 South Van Ness Avenue, Apartment #2 SF, CA 94110.

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Joan on her last cross country train trip, Nov. 2023
Photo Credit: Kate Chumley

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Never silent, always revolutionary

"America's Foremost Theatre of Political Satire."

2024 Summer Auditions! - Monday, February 19th
10AM to 6PM @ 855 Treat Ave San Francisco, CA

 

The Mime Troupe is holding auditions for the 2024 season on Monday, February 19 from 10AM to 6PM at our theatre space at 855 Treat Avenue in San Francisco.  If you’re a local performer who is interested in being part of the 2024 season, we would love to meet you!

Listen to the Tales of the Resistance Volume 1 & 2 Original Soundtrack Now!

The soundtrack includes 56 tracks in total of original music created by the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Such as the themes from Jade, For Hire!’, ‘Novice Nurse Susie Terse!’, ‘Dimension 2020’, ‘Mysterious Mysteries!’, and ‘JAILBREAK!’. Also including instrumental versions of the open and closing credits, as well as solo instrument versions of ‘Land Of The Free?’ and alternative versions of jingles like ‘Day Drinking’.

 

Get ready to relive the amazing music of ‘Tales of the Resistance’ or experience it for the first time! And as always, the same as our shows in the park all of this content will be the same price, FREE!

 

Please enjoy the soundtrack and if you are able to make a donation to help us create more of this kind of wonderful art please donate!

STATEMENT ON VACCINATION

THE SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE STANDS FIRMLY IN SUPPORT OF GETTING VACCINATED TO COMBAT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THIS IS NOT BECAUSE WE ARE "SHEEPLE" OR "SHILLS FOR BIG PHARMA." WE CONTINUE TO HAVE A HEALTHY DISTRUST OF AUTHORITY. THE FACT REMAINS THAT WE ARE IN A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, AND WE SUPPORT SCIENTIFICALLY-BACKED MEASURES TO SAVE LIVES, REDUCE THE STRESS ON EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEMS, AND GET BACK TO SEEING LIVE THEATRE. WE ARE ALL VACCINATED. YOU SHOULD BE TOO.
[AND YOUR MASK GOES OVER YOUR NOSE.]

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The MimeCast!

The MimeCast is a series of biographical podcast interviews of current and veteran members of the Tony and OBIE award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe which focus on their personal stories before their time with SFMT, their development as artists, and their lives in general.

Hosted by SFMT member Michael Gene Sullivan

Click here for list of MimeCasts!
 


~ First ~
The San Francisco Mime Troupe acknowledges that, wherever we are performing, in every park or theatre, the Troupe is always performing on stolen land. Miwok, Washo, Pomo, Ohlone, Costanoan, Chumash, and so many more.
 
The Troupe also continues to stand in solidarity with those across the country protesting the brutal, violent, and systemic injustice inflicted upon Black Americans, the racist violence perpetrated upon Asian-Americans, and the xenophobic, hysterical oppression of our immigrant population.

To live without fear of death by the hands of police, to live without fear of death at the hands of domestic terrorists, to live without fear of economic oppression based on race - these are all things any American should be able to take for granted.
 
But the atrocities that are the root of those fears are baked into the foundations of this country. 

We know that the United States was founded on stolen land, stolen labor, and that our institutions, the police specifically, were designed to maintain the inequality that benefits the owner class.

We encourage you, our audience, to always be part of the revolutionary solutions to support the serious goal of dismantling white and Capitalist supremacy.

 

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