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TALES OF THE RESISTANCE

Tales features 10 episodes of four distinct genres that ran bi-weekly throughout the summer of 2020!

Four different story lines – told in the style of detective noir, adventure, horror, sci-fi – will culminate in a finale where all the narratives converge. The show is in our signature style which includes – political comedy, biting satire, and catchy original music.

You can listen and download all the episodes below or where ever you listen to your favorite podcasts!

Each episode is brought to you for a price everyone can afford, FREE. But a suggested donation of $10 an episode is appreciated! Click here to donate.

The great San Francisco Public Library hosted a number of discussions about the issues faced in each episode with cast and friends of the Mime Troupe, these are linked below in the descriptions of each episode.

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CAST

Featuring performers Rotimi Agbabiaka, Andre Amarotico, Velina Brown, Ellen Callas, Lizzie Calogero, Hugo Carbajal, Elizabeth Carter, Milo Carter-Daniels, Marie Cartier, Gillian Eichenberger, Marissa Ellison, Bob Ernst, Michael Gene Sullivan, Amos Glick, Cassie Grilley, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Michael J. Asberry, Marilet Martinez, Jarion Monroe, Brian Rivera, Daniel Savio, and Keiko Shimosato Carreiro!

 

See episode descriptions for detailed Cast, Band, and Production Credits!

Production

Written by : Michael Gene Sullivan, Ellen Callas, and Marie Cartier

Music and Lyrics : Daniel Savio, additional lyrics by Marie Cartier

Director : Velina Brown

Music Production : Dred Scott

Sound Design & Audio Engineering : Taylor Gonzalez

Stage Manager : Karen Runk

SFMT Band

 

Flute, Clarinet, Baritone & Tenor Saxophone : Dylan Jennings

Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards : Dred Scott

Additional Keyboards : Daniel Savio

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All Episode Cover Artwork by Lawton Lovely

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July 4th, 2020 - Episode 1 (Detective Noir)

Jade, For Hire!
"The Mystery of the Missing Worker."

Looking for work during a race and class war ain’t easy, its hard enough already - why were they fired in the first place from… Jamazon.com! Find out this week in... Jade for Hire!

Jade, For Hire! is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music and lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez.

This episode of Jade, For Hire! featured Velina Brown, Andre Amarotico, Lizzie Calogero, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Brian Rivera, with Daniel Savio, Marie Cartier, Marissa Ellison, Amos Glick as your announcer and starring Michael Gene Sullivan.

 

Click Here to Watch a panel discussing the issues in Jade, For Hire! Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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July 18th, 2020 - Episode 2 (Adventure)

Novice Nurse: Susie Terse!

"The Price of Infection."

Can Nurse Susie find a way to deliver vital antiviral medicine while navigating hospital bureaucracy while fending off the corrupt Capitalist Healthcare Conspiracy?

Novice Nurse: Susie Terse! is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music and lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez.

This episode of Novice Nurse: Susie Terse! featured Velina Brown, Andre Amarotico, Lizzie Calogero, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Brian Rivera, with Daniel Savio, Marie Cartier, Marissa Ellison, Michael Gene Sullivan as your announcer and starring Lisa Hori-Garcia.

Click Here to Watch a panel discussing the issues in Novice Nurse: Susie Terse! Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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August 1st, 2020 - Episode 3 (Horror)

Fear of the Dark

"The Good Cop."

“The Good Cop.” MAGA hat wearing, right-wing immigrant Primo is tormented by his racist fears, and haunted by his hate when he’s as caught in a protest for justice turned riot.

Fear of the Dark is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music & lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott, Woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, Brass by Adam Theis. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez.

This episode of "Fear of the Dark” features Bob Ernst, Marissa Ellison, Andre Amarotico, Velina Brown, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Michael Gene Sullivan, Elizabeth Carter, Milo Carter-Daniels, Marilet Martinez, Gillian Eichenberger, and starring Brian Rivera as Primo, and Michael J. Asberry as The Gravekeeper.

Click Here to Watch a panel discussing the issues in Fear of the Dark! Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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August 15th, 2020 - Episode 4 (Sci-Fi)

Dimension 2020!

"It Came from R&D!"

Greg seemed to everyone like a mild mannered software developer. No one could predict that his invention could either save democracy, or lock the country into an endless cycle of tyranny and oppression...

It Came from R&D! is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music & lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott, Woodwinds by Dylan Jennings. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez.

This episode of "Dimension 2020!” features Jarion Monroe, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Hugo Carbajal, Michael Gene Sullivan, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, and starring Cassie Grilley as Clya and Andre Amarotico as Greg Wittgenstein. The protest song is sung by Velina Brown. Commercials for Uber Alles narrated by Rotimi Agbabiaka with jingle sung by Lisa Hori-Garcia.

Click Here to Watch a panel discussing the issues in Dimension 2020! Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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August 29th, 2020 - Episode 5 (Detective Noir)

Jade, For Hire!

"The Case of the Wrinkled Egg"

The continuing story of "Jade, For Hire!" - Looking for work during a race and class war ain’t easy, But why was "Derrick" fired in the first place? And what is the secret of... Jamazon.com? Find out this week in... Jade for Hire!

The Case of the Wrinkled Egg is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music & lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott, Woodwinds by Dylan Jennings. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez.

This episode of Jade, For Hire! featured Andre Amarotico, Lizzie Calogero, Hugo Carbajal, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Jarion Monroe, Brian Rivera, Amos Glick as your announcer and starring Michael Gene Sullivan. HugMe jingle written and produced by Jeremy Mage and Daniel Savio, and sung by Jeremy Mage, Keiko Shimosato-Carreiro, Dima Pacaud, and Elio Nikola Wenger Mage.

 

Click Here to Watch a panel discussing the issues in Jade, For Hire! Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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September 12th, 2020 - Episode 6 (Adventure)

Novice Nurse: Susie Terse!

"Diagnosis Capitalism"

The continuing story of "Novice Nurse: Susie Terse!" - Can she continue to fight off the bureaucracy while fending off the corrupt Capitalist Healthcare Conspiracy? Or will she be locked up as a Cop hating Commie forever? Find out this week in, Novice Nurse: Susie Terse!

Diagnosis Capitalism is written by Ellen Callas with Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown and Michael Gene Sullivan. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music & lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott, Woodwinds by Dylan Jennings. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez.

 

This episode of Novice Nurse Susie Terse! featured Andre Amarotico, Lizzie Calogero, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Brian Rivera,Marissa Ellison with Daniel Savio, Marie Cartier, Gillian Eichenberger, Michael Gene Sullivan as your announcer and starring Lisa Hori-Garcia as Susie Terse!

 

Click Here to Watch a panel discussing the issues in Novice Nurse: Susie Terse! Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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September 26th, 2020 - Episode 7 (Horror)

Fear of the Dark

"The Rotten Orchard"

The continuing story of "Fear of the Dark" - Can Primo come to grips with his haunted past? Will he be able to be more than just a good cop?

The Rotten Orchard is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music & lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott, Woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, Jarion Monroe. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez.

This episode of The Rotten Orchard features Andre Amarotico, Velina Brown, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Michael Gene Sullivan, Marilet Martinez, Gillian Eichenberger, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Cassie Grilley and starring Brian Rivera as Primo, and Michael J. Asberry as The Gravekeeper.

Click Here to Watch a panel discussing the issues in Fear of the Dark! Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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October 10th, 2020 - Episode 8 (Sci-Fi)

Dimension 2020!

"Nibbling the Leaves in the Tree of Amazing"

The continuing story of “Dimension 2020" - No one could predict that Greg and Clya could either save democracy, or lock the country into an endless cycle of tyranny and oppression, but now they have a hard choice to make...

Nibbling the Leaves in the Tree of Amazing is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music & lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott, Woodwinds by Dylan Jennings. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez.

This episode of "Dimension 2020!” features Elizabeth Carter, Jarion Monroe, Hugo Carbajal, Michael Gene Sullivan, Marie Cartier, Lizzie Calogero, Brian Rivera, Ellen Callas, Velina Brown, Gillian Eichenberger, with Cassie Grilley as Clya, Andre Amarotico as Greg, and Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, as The Woman With no Name.

Click Here to Watch a panel discussing the issues in Dimension 2020!. Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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October 24th, 2020 - Episode 9

Tales of the Resistance

"The Beginning of the End (Part One)"

This episode will bring us through all of the tales so far, culminating in one last hour long adventure, in two parts! Will the Resistance become a Revolution? Or will the fascist corporate overlords maintain their control over the workers? Tune in again on October 31st for Part Two: The End of the Beginning!!!

The Beginning of the End is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music & lyrics by Daniel Savio. Music production by Dred Scott, Woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, Brass by Deborah Del Mastro. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. 

Featuring  Andre Amarotico, Michael J. Asberry, Velina Brown, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Lizzie Calogero, Ellen Callas,  Gillian Eichenberger, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Cassie Grilley, Brian Rivera, Michael Gene Sullivan.

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October 31st, 2020 - Episode 10

Tales of the Resistance

"The End of the Beginning (Part Two)"

This final episode will bring us through all of the tales so far! Will Jade be able to take down Jamazon.com? Will Susie deliver the key that could cure Covid-19? Will Primo shine a light on the true darkness? Will Greg and Clya discover their true calling in this world?

The End of the Beginning is written by Michael Gene Sullivan, directed by Velina Brown. Commercials written by Marie Cartier. Music & lyrics by Daniel Savio with additional Music & lyrics by Jeremy Mage, production by Dred Scott, Woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, Brass by Deborah Del Mastro, Guitar by Liberty Ellman. Audio engineering and sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Managed by Karen Runk.

 

Featuring Andre Amarotico, Velina Brown, Lizzie Calogero, Hugo E Carbajal, Marie Cartier, Marissa Ellison, Amos Glick, Cassie Grilley, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Brian Rivera, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Michael Gene Sullivan. Additional singers: Michael J. Asberry, Elizabeth Carter, Gillian Eichenberger, Jarion Monroe, Daniel Savio.

Click Here to Watch a special talk back and celebration of the Tales of the Resistance Final Episiode! Made possible by the San Francisco Public Library!

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