Written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Marie Cartier
Music & Lyrics by Daniel Savio
Directed by Michael Gene Sullivan
Music Direction by Daniel Savio
Choreography by AeJay Mitchell
BREAKDOWN features Andre Amarotico* (Mr. Steréos, Matt, Rupert, Demon); Jamella Cross* (Marcia Stone, A Business Woman, Heather); Alicia M. P. Nelson* (Saidia, Mrs. Noe Valley, Charlie); Jed Parsario* (Felix, Brad, Greg, Annette, Demon, An Actor); Kina Kantor* (Yume, Operator); Taylor Gonzalez (FOX AD)
And band members Breakfast (Keys, Strings, Winds, Additional Percussion); Guinevere Q (Bass, Additional Percussion); and Jason Young (Drums, Percussion, Mandolin).
For most of the citizens of increasingly intolerant San Francisco a young woman like Yume living on the streets seems “crazy,” but maybe Yume is just ahead of the curve. Unbalanced? Unhinged? Nuts? In a country that has clearly lost its mind, what do any of those words mean anymore? As her social worker tries to navigate the Kafkaesque labyrinth of city bureaucracy Yume is on her own quest to regain what has been taken from her.
But up-and-coming FOX News commentator Marcia Stone has no problem with being at the vanguard of driving the nation around the bend. It’s her key to getting a nightly slot on the network, and if she can give her viewers a focus for their fear, a hellhole of depravity and failed policies so much the better! And where better than the filthy, dangerous streets of San Francisco to illustrate for her bosses and audience the depths to which the progressives have dragged us? If only she could find a person on those streets… someone to personify America’s … Breakdown
* The Actors and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
"Yes, the Mime Troupe preaches to the choir, but it also urges its loyal audience toward activism--in the most entertaining way possible.”
"The Mime Troupe, with its talented ensemble of players and designers, has a big bag of theatrical tricks to make its call to arms enticing to us, the choir.”
"Although I’m sure it must have happened, I’m hard-pressed to think of a recent show that actually choked me up. Didn’t expect it in a show involving Rupert Murdoch, of all people.”
"Breakdown’s strength is in cutting through the anti-SF propaganda to blame The City’s woes on the real culprits: Reaganomics and a string of greedy mayors whose goal has never been to support the fertile city, but to attract outside interests who don’t care about it"
“Full of genuine pathos, good laughs, and an unabashed bleeding heart”
"The acclaimed Mime Troupe covers the plight of the poor with serious comedy and witty songs, leaving little room for complacency.”
"We all need to see “Breakdown.” The Mime Troupe speaks hard truths with accomplished singers, great songs, and a superb group of musicians."