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tales of the resistance

volume 2: persistence

TALES OF THE RESISTANCE, VOLUME 2: PERSISTENCE is a summer of radio play podcasts of original political comedy audio plays, broadcast weekly, each written and performed by SFMT veterans and newcomers.

 

Featuring new stories like MYSTERIOUS MYSTERIES: The Tale of the Black FOX, JAILBREAK: Passion … for Justice, and EYEBALL ON HISTORY! But also stories featuring some of last years characters like a very curious elementary student, LITTLE JIMMY!

Refusing to be absent or silent, we are enthused to display our unique theatrical style in this second summer of serialized radio plays!

 

So can the revolution be social distanced … again?

 

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CAST

Featuring performers Rotimi Agbabiaka, Andre Amarotico, Michael J. Asberry, Wilma Bonet, Velina Brown, Ellen Callas, Lizzie Calogero, Hugo E Carbajal, Michael Carreiro, Marie Cartier, Cassie Grilley, Marissa Ellison, Amos Glick, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Jarion Monroe, Brian Rivera, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Michael Gene Sullivan, and special guest Francis Jue!

For detailed Cast, Band, and Production Credits see episode descriptions below!

SFMT Band

Flute, Clarinet, Baritone, Tenor Saxophone : Dylan Jennings

Flute, Baritone Saxophone : Patrick Byers

Bass : Jewell McMillon

Drums and Percussion : David Rokeach & Chris Lauf

Keyboards : Daniel Savio

Production

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

Music and Lyrics : Daniel Savio

Directors : Velina Brown, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, and Michael Gene Sullivan

Sound Design & Audio Engineering : Taylor Gonzalez

Additional Audio Engineering : Will McCandless

Stage Manager : Karen Runk

Tour Manager & Booking : Marissa Ellison
Publicity : Lawrence Helman

Social Media Manager : Lola Olvera

Community Engagement : Kari Barclay
Original Artwork : Lawton Lovely

Poster by Virgo Grafix by permission of John Chamberlin Estate.

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All Episode Cover Artwork by Lawton Lovely

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July 4, 2021 - Episode 1

Mysterious Mysteries! "The Tale of the Black FOX

& EYEBALL ON HISTORY! "The 10 Point Program"

In "The Tale of the Black FOX" a black woman, Angelica had to work hard to be a commentator at a conservative TV station, and her series of editorials - “I’ll Be Right Black” is doing well. Everything seems to be going fine… if only that tattered woman in the parking lot would stop trying to tell her a secret…

"EYEBALL ON HISTORY!" in the style of the “You Are There” series, we take the listener back to some of the key moments in revolutionary history that are normally overlooked. We begin with: “1966, and the Writing of the Ten Point Program of the Black Panther Party.”

Episode 1 was written & directed by Michael Gene Sullivan. Music by Daniel Savio. The band features woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, bass by Jewell McMillon, drums & percussion by David Rokeach, oboe by Aya Rokeach and keyboards by Daniel Savio. “Tales of the Resistance” theme music was written by Daniel Savio, and produced by Dred Scott. The Mime Troupe theme song was written and produced by Jeremy Mage and Daniel Savio, and performed by The San Francisco Mime Troupe. Audio engineering & sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Management by Karen Runk.

"The Tale of the Black FOX" features Velina Brown as Angelica Phenex, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro as Eido Kawakami, with Andre Amarotico as TV Director, Jarion Monroe as Brad Asteroth & Archie, and Michael Gene Sullivan as Narrator.

"EYEBALL ON HISTORY!" features Amos Glick as Chip Banister, Michael J Asberry as Bobby Seale, and Michael Gene Sullivan as Huey P. Newton.
 

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July 11, 2021 - Episode 2

JAILBREAK! "Passion... For Justice!"

& "Little Jimmy's Election"

In "Passion... For Justice!" injustice and romance are in the air when an asian american Antifa activist and a black american activist drag queen are both thrown in a cell for resisting arrest. And when right-wing insurrectionists attack the jail to free their leader political passion becomes a … JAILBREAK!

Episode 2 was written by Michael Gene Sullivan. Directed by Velina Brown. Music by Daniel Savio. The band features woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, bass by Jewell McMillon, drums & percussion by David Rokeach, and keyboards by Daniel Savio. “Tales of the Resistance” theme music was written by Daniel Savio, and produced by Dred Scott. The Mime Troupe theme song was written and produced by Jeremy Mage and Daniel Savio, and performed by The San Francisco Mime Troupe. Audio engineering & sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Management by Karen Runk.

"Passion... For Justice!" features Francis Jue as Cheng Jūn, Rotimi Agbabiaka as Sanka, with Andre Amarotico as Thor HammerSäck, Lisa Hori-Garcia as Detective/Proud Boy, Cassie Grilley as Proud Boy, and Brian Rivera as Cop.

 

"Little Jimmy's Election" features Michael Gene Sullivan as Principal Johnson, Ellen Callas as Little Jimmy, with Velina Brown as Ms. Larkin.

 

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July 18, 2021 - Episode 3

We Keep Us Safe: A Discussion of Police Violence with the SF Mime Troupe

A year after the murder of George Floyd, national sentiments around reforming and defunding the police are swinging back to their levels before BlackLivesMatter protests swept the nation in summer 2020. The majority of Americans still oppose diverting funding from police departments. Where do we go next? We'll hear from guests who have worked successfully to reallocate budgets toward community-based interventions in health and wellbeing. How do racial justice and economic transformation go hand-in-hand? 

Discussion hosted by Kari Barclay. Audio engineering by Will McCandless. With special guests:

 

Danielle Purifoy from Durham Beyond Policing, find out more about Danielle Purifoy & Durham Beyond Policing at;

daniellepurifoy.com - twitter.com/daniellepurifoy - durhambeyondpolicing.org

Cat Brooks from Anti Police Terror Project, find out more about Cat Brooks and APTP at;
catbrooks.org - twitter.com/catscommentary - antipoliceterrorproject.org

Michael Gene Sullivan from the SF Mime Troupe, find out more about Michael Gene Sullivan at; michaelgenesullivan.com

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July 25, 2021 - Episode 4

Mysterious Mysteries! "The Tale of the Black FOX" Part 2

& "Little Jimmy's Concern"

In "The Tale of the Black FOX" Part 2 - Black conservative TV commentator Angelica Phenex discovers a familiar intruder in her bosses office... an intruder who promises to reveal a terrible secret about the network! But what is the secret? What is the truth? And who can any self-respecting Republican trust anyone so obviously unemployed?

Episode 4 was written & directed by Michael Gene Sullivan. Music by Daniel Savio. The band features woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, bass by Jewell McMillon, drums & percussion by David Rokeach, and keyboards by Daniel Savio. “Tales of the Resistance” theme music was written by Daniel Savio, and produced by Dred Scott. The Mime Troupe theme song was written and produced by Jeremy Mage and Daniel Savio, and performed by The San Francisco Mime Troupe. Audio engineering & sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Management by Karen Runk.

 

"The Tale of the Black FOX" Part 2 features Velina Brown as Angelica Phenex, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro as Eido Kawakami, with Andre Amarotico as TV Director, Jarion Monroe as Brad Asteroth & Archie, and Michael Gene Sullivan as Narrator.

"Little Jimmy's Concern" features Michael Gene Sullivan as Principal Johnson, Ellen Callas as Little Jimmy, with Velina Brown as Ms. Larkin.

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August 1, 2021 - Episode 5

JAILBREAK! "Passion... For Justice!" Part 2

& "Little Jimmy's Gender"

In "Passion... For Justice!" Part 2 - Asian-American Antifa activist Cheung Jun and Black drag queen Sanka have been accidentally broken out of jail by a right-wing mob, and now, in the smoke, confusion, and some convenient balaclavas, Sanka has been mistaken for the Assistant Furher, and Chueng Jun for his intern! What’s going to happen? Will they escape, or will they be discovered? And can their passion and politics survive this… JAILBREAK?

Episode 5 was written by Michael Gene Sullivan. Directed by Velina Brown. Music by Daniel Savio. The band features woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, bass by Jewell McMillon, drums & percussion by David Rokeach & Chris Lauf, and keyboards by Daniel Savio. The Mime Troupe theme song was written and produced by Jeremy Mage and Daniel Savio, and performed by The San Francisco Mime Troupe. Audio engineering & sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Management by Karen Runk.

"Passion... For Justice!" Part 2 features Francis Jue as Cheng Jun, Rotimi Agbabiaka as Sanka, with Andre Amarotico as Thor HammerSäck, Lisa Hori-Garcia as Proud Boy, Cassie Grilley as Proud Boy, Velina Brown as Proud Boy, Marissa Ellison as Proud Boy and Brian Rivera as Cop & Mr. Sumulong.


"Little Jimmy's Gender" features Michael Gene Sullivan as Principal Johnson, Ellen Callas as Little Jimmy, with Velina Brown as Ms. Larkin.
 

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August 8, 2021 - Episode 6

"What Were You Thinking?"
& EYEBALL ON HISTORY! "1790"

This time on Tales of the Resistance - a change of pace. Life is a series of choices, and finding the right answers to those questions is the challenge we put to three contestants in this episode of America's favorite game show, the game that all of us play every day whether we want to or not: "What Were You Thinking?".
 

Episode 6 was written by Ellen Callas. Director and script consultant Michael Gene Sullivan. Music by Daniel Savio. The band features woodwinds by Dylan Jennings & Patrick Byers, bass by Jewell McMillon, drums & percussion by David Rokeach & Chris Lauf, oboe by Aya Rokeach, & keyboards by Daniel Savio. “Tales of the Resistance” theme music was written by Daniel Savio, and produced by Dred Scott. Audio engineering & sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Management by Karen Runk.

 

"What Were You Thinking?" features Jarion Monroe as Johnny Toddson, Amos Glick as Bud, Marissa Ellison as Madison, Velina Brown as Mrs. Adams, Michael Gene Sullivan as Irate Parent, Lisa Hori-Garcia as Enid & Hosanna, and Hugo E Carbajal as Mr. Novack, Jaime & Miguel.

 

EYEBALL ON HISTORY! "1790" features Amos Glick as Chip Banister, Michael Carreiro as Thomas Paine, Michael Gene Sullivan as Will Godwin and Lizzie Calogero as Mary Wollstonecraft.

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August 15, 2021 - Episode 7

"Collision at the Intersectionality"

In "Collision at the Intersectionality" BLACK FOX and JAILBREAK collide as Sanka and Cheung Jūn uncover a chilling truth about AAAWAKOAAPOBB, and Angelica and Eido reveal a secret that might destroy Brad Asteroth and the network!

Episode 7 was written by Michael Gene Sullivan. Directed by Michael Gene Sullivan & Velina Brown. Music by Daniel Savio. The band features woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, bass by Jewell McMillon, drums & percussion by David Rokeach & Chris Lauf, oboe by Aya Rokeach, and keyboards by Daniel Savio. “Tales of the Resistance” theme music was written by Daniel Savio, and produced by Dred Scott. Audio engineering & sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Management by Karen Runk.

 

"Collision at the Intersectionality" features Brian Rivera as Cop, Cassie Grilley as Proud Boy, Jarion Monroe as Brad Asteroth & Archie, Michael Gene Sullivan as Announcer, Keiko Shimosato Careiro as Eido Kawakami and stars Francis Jue as Cheng Jūn, Rotimi Agbabiaka as Sanka, and Velina Brown as Angelica Phenex.

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August 22, 2021 - Episode 8

Hobos in Space

In the near future, the Celestial Empowerment flees a dying Earth for a better, brighter future among the stars. "Hobos in Space" follows the struggles of the Hapless Outcasts of Bureaucratic Obsolescence as they attempt to rejoin their new society. Can they survive in the underbelly of this luxury space utopia? Can dashing Captain Bacay and kind Counselor Dara help them get what they need? Or, will they all remain adrift in the vast emptiness of space?

Episode 8 was written by Marie Cartier. Directed by Keiko Shimosato Carreiro. Script consultant Michael Gene Sullivan. Music by Daniel Savio. The band features woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, bass by Jewell McMillon, drums & percussion by Chris Lauf, keyboards by Daniel Savio. “Tales of the Resistance” theme music was written by Daniel Savio, and produced by Dred Scott. The Mime Troupe theme song was written and produced by Jeremy Mage and Daniel Savio, and performed by The San Francisco Mime Troupe. Audio engineering & sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Management by Karen Runk.

 

"Hobos in Space" features Brian Rivera as Captain Bacay, Cassie Grilley as Counselor Dara, Andre Amarotico as Perry Patetic & CEO Starman, Wilma Bonet as Beatriz de la Paz, Hugo E Carbajal as Augie Rosales, and Marissa Ellison as Voice of the Computer, OMG.

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August 29, 2021 - Episode 9

"Housing for All"

In major cities across the country, residents have been forced out of their home at alarming rates, even before the pandemic. How do seemingly progressive cities still struggle to provide housing for all, and what are activists doing to help? Building on our previous episode, Hobos in Space, this discussion takes a look at housing and equity in San Francisco. We'll talk to Mime Troupe collective member Marie Cartier about her artistic process and scholar Erin McElroy about their work mapping evictions in the Bay Area and their new book, Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas.

Produced by Will McCandless, Kari Barclay, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

 

Hosted by Kari Barclay and edited by Will McCandless with special guests:

 

Marie Cartier from the San Francisco Mime Troupe
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Erin McElroy from the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
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September 5, 2021 - Episode 10

"Back To The Way Things Were"

An original musical! Don’t we all wish we could just go back to normal? Back to the way things used to be - before Covid, before the floods and wildfires, before we had Nazis rioting in the streets and in the Capitol, before the news was full of racist cops and sexually abusive men and greedy corporatists, and before four years of a honey-baked ham-brained criminal in the White House? Doesn’t that sound nice… or does it? Before we try to revive the good old days maybe we should ask - was the old normal really that good? Was it good at all? Well we created a musical about that! So settle back as we present a trip down reality lane with “Back To The Way Things Were”.

Episode 10 was written and directed by Michael Gene Sullivan. Music & Lyrics by Daniel Savio. The band features woodwinds by Dylan Jennings, bass by Jewell McMillon, drums & percussion by David Rokeach, and keyboards by Daniel Savio. "Tales of the Resistance" theme music was written by Daniel Savio, and produced by Dred Scott. Audio engineering & sound design by Taylor Gonzalez. Stage Management by Karen Runk.

 

Back To The Way Things Were” features Michael Gene Sullivan as Ralph, Velina Brown as Alice, Cassie Grilley as Zoe, Lisa Hori-Garcia as Tanya, Andre Amarotico as Unmasked Man & Media Voice, Marissa Ellison as McBurger in the Box Employee, Brian Rivera as Dennis & Media Voice, with Hugo E Carbajal as Environmental Activist, Jarion Monroe as Jeff Bezos, Media Voice, & Defendant, Amos Glick as Media Voice, Lizzie Calogero as Media Voice, Marie Cartier as Media Voice & Climate Change Protester, and Francis Jue as Media Voice.

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