Summer 2022 Appeal Letter
What a long strange trip it’s been. Three years ago now we were swashbuckling onstage with Treasure Island, having fun and buoyed by the fact that the 2020 election on the horizon was a chance for a national reboot and the hope that things would get better. What we did not know was that things were going to get a lot worse before they got better, and that it would be our last park show for a while.
Flash to 2022- The news speaks of a world spinning out of control and many just want to get back to the way things were. Truth is we are already going back and not in a good way. The hard fought victories of Roe vs. Wade and the Voting Rights Act are in serious danger, and what is back are heightened versions of the things that never went away; racists boosting Great Replacement Theory, governors putting bounties on women seeking abortions or on Trans teens seeking medical help and relentless gun violence. Two years ago we were hearing “we’re all in this together”, while today fear of the Other has reached epic proportions.
Okay, now for the good news. What’s also back? Us! Although technically, we’ve been here all along, presenting two seasons of Tales of the Resistance and Red Carol, this summer we are going to be back in person in the parks. On July 2nd, 3rd, 4th we will premiere Back To The Way Things Were with a reminder to all of us that we need to get back to the frontlines of activism before things roll back any further. We cannot let the exhaustion of the last 6 years events slow us down. But wait, there’s even more good news! For those of you who cannot join us in the parks, in early August you can watch Back To The Way Things Were online! It will be available for streaming on our website through Labor Day. A first time opportunity for our far away friends, have a picnic in front of your screen and be in the parks virtually!
Like our big red-starred truck, we are jump starting and getting in gear for an exciting summer. And what better way to start than with a facelift? Although we still need more funds, with the help of many of you, we have been able to raise enough to begin the restoration of Juana Alicia’s Para Las Rosas mural on front of our building.
Nevertheless, the economic challenges we face this summer are epic. With Covid limiting our travel plans this summer, we will not be performing much beyond the Bay Area. Combined with two years of lost income, limited grants, and skyrocketing production costs (including expensive Covid testing and protocol), we are worried. Yet, not being in the parks, at this critical time, is unthinkable. That is why we are asking for your help with your tax-deductible gift. Although we understand that money is tight for everyone right now, your financial support is critical to get us where we need to be, in a park near you. If you can afford it, please consider increasing your regular donation to help offset those who cannot donate right now. You can also help by gifting your friends with a purchase from our Mime Boutique. Choose from a full stock of goods that have been waiting to be sold since 2020!
Most importantly, with a limited season this year, we need butts on blankets! Bring your friends and family outside, safely social distanced and join us in the parks. We need to look each other square in the eyes and gather our forces for the great mobilization needed ahead. Because actually, we are all in this together and together we must ensure that we continue to push things forward - not back.
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.
(And we get your full donation, no third party charges when you send a check!)
Mail to: 855 Treat Ave, SF, CA 94110