The San Francisco Mime Troupe kicks off their 2018 SF performances on July 4 in Dolores Park. This year's show is Seeing Red - A Time Traveling Musical.
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.
Seeing Red: A Time Traveling Musical is about a small town woman, Bob, that is frustrated with politics. The play begins on Election Night in 2018. Bob voted for Obama and decided to take a risk by voting on the new guy in politics that said he was all about change and the people, Donald J. Trump.
Bob is not impressed with his first two years in office and feels that she was lied to about the change that was coming to the US. She is frustrated and vowes to never vote again since she feels she's been lied to and the voting system is rigged.
Just as she is about to give up all hope on politics in the US, she meets a stranger with an interesting offer. He agrees to take her back to a time when people didn't vote against their own interests. He is taking her back to 1912.
This was a time when the Socialist party was winning. As she learns the history of the party and what they stand for, she begins to realize that she has more in common with the progressive parties along the coasts than she ever thought.
Most shows are free, but they do have a suggested donation of $20 to allow them to continue to write and perform their unique shows.
Dolores Park: Opening Weekend
Washington Square Park
Yerba Buena Gardens
Troupe Studio Space
Bayview Opera House, Outdoor Plaza
Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park
Dolores Park: Closing Performances
Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley: Bay Area Opening Weekend
Cubberley Community Center
Todd Grove Park
Mateel Community Center
Live Oak Park in Berkeley
Lakeside Park/Lake Merritt in Oakland
St. James Park
Nicholl Park in Richmond
Frances Willard/Ho Chi Minh Park in Berkeley
Miner's Foundry Parking Lot
Southside Park, Bandshell
Walnut Park, Progressive Festival in Petaluma
Mill Valley Community Center, on the Back Lawn
Applegate Community Park, Open Air Theatre
San Lorenzo Park
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