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San Francisco Mime Troupe

 

Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry will present the San Francisco Mime Troupe in an outdoor twilight concert on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Miners Foundry.  The San Francisco Mime Troupe will open their 59th Season with “Seeing Red:  A Time-Traveling Musical”, written by Rotimi Agbabiaka with Joan Holden with music and lyrics by Ira Marlowe.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7:00 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees waived for tickets purchased by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theatre of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience. SFMT makes sense of the headlines by identifying the forces shaping our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life.

Seeing Red:  A Time-Traveling Musical

It’s Election Night 2018 and Bob swears she’ll never vote again.  Decades of watching her town get devastated by falling wages and outsourced factories made this former Obama voter take a chance on the new guy promising change – Donald J. Trump.  But it’s two years into his presidency and Bob’s still waiting to start winning.  Tonight, she’s drowning her sorrows at the neighborhoord bar, telling anyone who’ll listen that all politicians are liars, the system is rigged, and nothing’s ever gonna change.

Along comes a mysterious stranger with an intriguing offer.  He’ll show her an America where working people of all races and genders come together to demand a brighter future, where socialism isn’t a dirty word.  He’ll take her all the way – to 1912.

As Bob finds herself back in the heyday of the American Socialist Party, she realizes that she may have more in common with those blue-state progressives.  She begins to ask:  What will it take to get people to stop voting against their interests?  How do we overcome the divide-and-conquer tactics that keep us all down?  When did America’s electoral chocies get so limited?  And isn’t it time to get off the swinging pendulum that’s left us at our current impasse?

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Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry will present the San Francisco Mime Troupe in an outdoor twilight concert on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Miners Foundry.  The San Francisco Mime Troupe will open their 58th Season with “WALLS”, written by Michael Gene Sullivan with music and lyrics by Michael Bellow.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7:00 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theatre of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience. SFMT makes sense of the headlines by identifying the forces shaping our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life.

WALLS asks the question: How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration?

The answer: FEAR!  Mary Jones (Velina Brown) knows all about fear. As a top agent for I.C.E. – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – she knows how to stoke fear to keep her country safe. Fear of people like Bahdoon Samakab (Rotimi Agbabiaka),a Somali refugee escaping oppression, fear of Cliodhna Aghabullogue (Lizzie Calogero),an Irish woman yearning to be American, and fear of Zaniyah Nahuatl (Marilet Martinez), whose family comes from… here. As a foreigner in a land her people have worked for thousands of years suddenly Zaniyah is a criminal, an illegal, a “bad hombre.” What part of herself will this American give up to pass as “American?” Will she? Can she? Should she? Can someone leave part of themselves behind without losing their mind? And is it better or worse that she crossed the border to find Agent L. Mary Jones – the woman she loves?

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Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry will present the San Francisco Mime Troupe in an outdoor twilight concert on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Pioneer Park.  The San Francisco Mime Troupe will open their 57th Season with “Schooled”, written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan with music and lyrics by Ira Marlowe.  Gates open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7:00 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m.  Patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs as well as outside food and nonalcoholic beverages to the show.  No glass may be brought into Pioneer Park.  No outside alcohol is allowed.  Alcohol may be purchased at the bar.  Coolers, picnic baskets, backpacks, and bags are subject to search.  Tickets are $20 and are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theatre of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience. SFMT makes sense of the headlines by identifying the forces shaping our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life.

Schooled

Education.  It’s like the weather.  Everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it.  That’s how Lavinia Jones feels about her son Thomas’ new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High.  Decades of funding cuts have resulted in old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and underpaid teachers, making Roosevelt exactly the sort of public school that has failed students time and time again.  Isn’t it time for something … efficient?  Efficient is exactly what Fredersen Babbit, from Learning Academy for Virtual Achievement (LAVA Corp.) promises to bring to the district.  New technology, remote learning, computer-generated teachers, LAVA promises to put the “virtual” in achievement!  But with kids learning from home, do we need all these empty schools?  And with privatization on the line, a Wall Street heavy hitter on one side, and a feisty octogenarian teacher on the other, suddenly the next School Board election is more about a hidden agenda than the open curriculum.

Are schools the last chance for democracy, or is education the  next frontier for profit?  Can we trust a politician’s public/private plan to replace an out-of-date system, or is there something even more sinister than privatization going on behind the doors of LAVA?  And wait = when did the hall monitors start wearing brown shirts and arm bands?  When it comes to the real plan for the future of education – and of our democracy – are we all about to get … Schooled?

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Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry will present the San Francisco Mime Troupe in an outdoor twilight concert on Friday, August 28, 2015.  The San Francisco Mime Troupe will open their 56th Season with “Freedomland”, written by Michael Gene Sullivan with music and lyrics by Ira Marlowe.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m., music begins at 7:00 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theatre of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience. SFMT makes sense of the headlines by identifying the forces shaping our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life.

A door is blown off its hinges!  Into a blasted room of scarred walls and shattered windows, armed with M-16s, America’s bravest duck and dodge for cover, finally training their deadly gun sights on… an old black man watching TV on his couch?  This isn’t Baghdad or Kandahar, it’s home, and for ex-Black Panther Malcolm Haywood, it’s just another wrong door police raid in the War on Drugs.  So of course Malcolm is horrified when the grandson he’s tried to protect, Nathaniel, returns from serving in Afghanistan only to find another war zone at home, and one where young Black men like Nathaniel are in the cross hairs!  Meanwhile, the Mayor and the Police Chief – one desperate for votes, the other desperate to fund his militarized police force – ramp up the fear (and their shiny new tank) to fight the newest drug threat to America.  Worse than weed, meth, coke, crack, or crank, it’s… SNORF!!  And of course, the SNORF trade is centered in the darkest part of town.

Are the police of out control?  What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?  Is Malcolm’s neighbor Lluis (an undocumented immigrant) actually a SNORF-lord?  And can Malcolm convince his grandson that it’s safer to re-up and fight overseas than to try to survive here at home, in Freedomland?