Summer Appeal Letter
Fellow Passengers on the 21st Century Unlimited Crazy Train,
As we emerge from this long dark tunnel, when appropriate we will remove our masks, take a deep breath and ask, “Are we there yet?” The answer is- not quite.
With only screens as windows to the world, we have witnessed both heroism and cowardice, seen tragedy and willful ignorance in the face of it. When the epidemic presented an opportunity for unity, we got more division. As events unfolded so did conversations. Zooms became philosophical discussions and families’ dinner exchanges became about issues larger than just themselves. The forgotten act of listening returned after being buried in the current 24/7 cycle of news shouting. When opinions obscure facts and scapegoating becomes an excuse for incompetence, it is difficult to move towards a just, equitable and peaceful society.
That’s were art comes in. We Mime Troupers are all about the conversations (we talk- a lot!). From San Francisco to Jerusalem we have done our best to spark dialog for 62 years! Racial and gender equity; environmental justice; worker’s rights and more; our onstage exchanges have long inspired the ones offstage. Although Covid kept us out of the parks, it did not shut us up!
Our ten episode radio series, Tales of the Resistance (2020) extended our season (through Halloween), our audiences (with listeners worldwide) and our listener’s imagination.
FreedomLand, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we streamed the 2015 staged production online.
Seeing Red, adapted to audio for classroom use complete with an SFMT curated curriculum guide.
A Red Carol, our holiday gift was Michael Sullivan’s version of Dicken’s classic from the worker’s POV.
MimeCast, an ongoing series of biographical interviews with present and past Troupers.
Youth Theater Project, expanded beyond our neighborhood to allow teen artists to share their original, collaborative projects through the YTP Now! virtual channel as part of our YTP 25th Anniversary!
Panel Talks & Community Check-ins gave us more face time with the community & friends like you.
Still unable to return to the parks this summer, we are currently working on Tales of the Resistance, Volume 2: Persistence premiering on July 4!
Why no parks? Even with things slowly opening up, it is still not possible to book a place that would insure safety for all. Moreover, with many still nervous about large public gatherings, SFMT cannot afford the economic gamble. Last summer we had emergency funding to help us get through. This year, those sources are tapped, grantors are strapped and we again have no “pass-the-hat” park donations to sustain our efforts. That is why at this very critical time we are asking for your financial support.
Whether live or virtual, the costs of doing free shows continues to escalate. Your tax-deductible donation will help get us through this year and be live onstage by next. We know that everyone has taken an economic hit this past year but if able, your generosity would allow SFMT to continue to be that red star at the end of the tunnel by remaining outspoken and advancing the broader conversation.
In Solidarity and With Gratitude,
The San Francisco Mime Troupe
SF Mime Troupe is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, tax ID 94-1602975.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
We also accept checks made out to SFMT.
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Mail to: 855 Treat Ave, SF, CA 94110