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.
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.
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?
Dolores Park: Opening Weekend
Yerba Buena Gardens
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park
Troupe Studio Space
Washington Square Park
Bayview Opera House, Outdoor Plaza
Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park
Dolores Park: Closing Performances
Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley: Bay Area Opening Weekend
Live Oak Park in Berkeley
Mill Valley Community Center, on the Back Lawn
Mitchell Park, South Field in Palo Alto
Nicholl Park in Richmond
Lakeside Park/Lake Merritt in Oakland
Walnut Park, Progressive Festival in Petaluma
Porter Quad at CSU
Frances Willard/Ho Chi Minh Park in Berkeley
St. James Park in San Jose
Community Park in Davis
Southside Park, Bandshell in Sacramento
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