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San Francisco Mime Troupe

Experience this Year's Performances in SF and Beyond

The San Francisco Mime Troupe kicks off their 2016 SF performances on July 4 in Dolores Park. This year's show is Schooled.

Most performances are free, but they do request a donation after the show. Your donation keeps these shows running.

About the Mime Troupe

This community-based group develops and performs socially and politically relevant shows every summer. Their goal with these free performances is to spread their art and message to as many people as possible.

An important thing to note is that these performances are not pantomimed. They use the original definition for mime, which is "The exaggeration of daily life in story and song."

This means all performances include talking, singing, and dancing to music.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe started more than 50 years ago. They offer these shows every summer between July 4 and Labor Day Weekend.

You will find the troupe performing in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.

About this Year's Show

Schooled tells the story of one Eleanor Roosevelt High School that finds itself caught in today's debate about how education should be run.

One parent, Livina Jones, thinks it's time for a change at her son's school, with its old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and racist treatment. She thinks it could benefit from some free-market common sense.

Meanwhile, a tenured teacher at the school fights for a public education system she still believes in, even though it seems like the rest of the world has given up and pushes for privatization and efficiency.

To top it off, the impending School Board election becomes more and more about a hidden agenda than the open curriculum. And what is this about hall monitors wearing brown shirts and arm bands?

2016 Schedule

SF Shows

Dolores Park: Opening Weekend

  • Monday, July 4 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • 19th Street and Dolores Street in SF's Mission District
  • Admission is free

Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Sunday, July 24 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • Mission and 3rd Streets in downtown SF
  • Admission is free

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park

  • Saturday, July 30 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Mansell Street and John F. Shelly Drive in SF's Excelsior District
  • Admission is free

Troupe Studio Space

  • Wednesday, August 3 at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, August 4 at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • 855 Treat Avenue in San Francisco
  • Admission is free, but they suggest a $20 donation
  • Seating is limited and you must RSVP, click here to RSVP

Glen Park

  • Saturday, August 13 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Bosworth and O'Shaughnessy in SF
  • Admission is free

Washington Square Park

  • Sunday, August 14 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Columbus Avenue and Union Street in SF's North Beach District
  • Admission is free

Bayview Opera House, Outdoor Plaza

  • Thursday, September 1 at 6:30pm, music starts at 6pm
  • 3rd Street and Newcomb Avenue in SF's Bayview/Hunters Point
  • Admission is free

Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park

  • Saturday, September 3 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • JFK Drive and Peacock Meadow in SF's Golden Gate Park (between the Panhandle and the Conservatory of Flowers)
  • Admission is free

Dolores Park: Closing Performances

  • Sunday, September 4 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • Monday, September 5 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • 19th Street and Dolores Street in SF's Mission District
  • Admission is free

Performances Beyond SF

Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley: Bay Area Opening Weekend

  • Saturday, July 2 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Sunday, July 3 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Rose and Chestnut Streets in Berkeley
  • Admission is free

Live Oak Park in Berkeley

  • Saturday, July 9 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Sunday, July 10 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Shattuck Avenue and Berryman Street in Berkeley
  • Admission is free

Mill Valley Community Center, on the Back Lawn

  • Wednesday, July 20 at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • 180 Camino Alto (at East Blithedale) in Mill Valley
  • Admission is free

Mitchell Park, South Field in Palo Alto

  • Thursday, July 21 at 7pm, music starts at 6:30pm
  • 600 East Meadow Drive and Cowper Street in Palo Alto
  • Admission is free

Nicholl Park in Richmond

  • Saturday, July 23 at 2pm (music at 1:30pm)
  • Macdonald Avenue and 31st Street in Richmond
  • Admission is free

Lakeside Park/Lake Merritt in Oakland

  • Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, July 28 at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • Edoff Memorial Band Stand, at Bellevue and Grand Avenues, on the north side of Lake Merritt in Oakland
  • Admission is free

Walnut Park, Progressive Festival in Petaluma

  • Sunday, July 31 at 4pm, music at 3:30pm
  • Petaluma Boulevard South and D Street in Petaluma
  • Admission is free

Porter Quad at CSU

  • Saturday, August 6 at 3pm, music at 2:30pm
  • Sunday, August 7 at 3pm, music at 2:30pm
  • 1156 High Street (at Coolidge Drive) in Santa Cruz
  • Admission is free

Frances Willard/Ho Chi Minh Park in Berkeley

  • Saturday, August 20 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • Sunday, August 21 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • Hillegass Avenue and Derby Street in Berkeley
  • Admission is free

St. James Park in San Jose

  • Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30pm, music at 6pm
  • 3rd Street and E. St. James Street in San Jose
  • Admission is free

Community Park in Davis

  • Sunday, August 27 at 7pm (music at 6:30)
  • East 14th Street & F Street in Davis
  • Admission is free

Southside Park, Bandshell in Sacramento

  • Sunday, August 28 at 5pm, music at 4:30pm
  • 6th and T Street in Sacramento
  • Admission is free

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