San Francisco Mime Troupe

Experience this Year's Performances in SF and Beyond

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.

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

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.

2018 Schedule

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.

SF Shows

Dolores Park: Opening Weekend

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

Washington Square Park

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

Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Sunday, July 15 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • Mission and 3rd Streets in downtown SF
  • Admission is free

Troupe Studio Space

  • Wednesday, July 25 at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, July 26 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

Bayview Opera House, Outdoor Plaza

  • Thursday, August 9 at 7pm, music starts at 6:30pm
  • 3rd Street and Newcomb Avenue in SF's Bayview/Hunters Point
  • Admission is free, must RSVP

Glen Park

  • Saturday, August 25 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Bosworth and O'Shaughnessy in SF
  • Admission is free

Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park

  • Saturday, September 1 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 2 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • Monday, September 3 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 7 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Sunday, July 8 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Rose and Chestnut Streets in Berkeley
  • Admission is free

Cubberley Community Center

  • Thursday, July 12 at 7pm
  • 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
  • Free

Arena Theater

  • Wednesday, July 18 at 8pm, music at 7:30pm
  • 214 Main St., Point Arena
  • Tickets on sale at the door

Todd Grove Park

  • Thursday, July 19th at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • Live Oak Avenue & Clubhouse Drive, Ukiah
  • Free

Mateel Community Center

  • Saturday, July 21st at 8pm, music at 7:30pm
  • 59 Rusk Lane, Redway
  • Tickets available at the door

Live Oak Park in Berkeley

  • Saturday, July 28 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Sunday, July 29 at 2pm, music at 1:30pm
  • Shattuck Avenue and Berryman Street in Berkeley
  • Admission is free

Lakeside Park/Lake Merritt in Oakland

  • Wednesday, August 1 at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, August 2 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

St. James Park

  • August 4th at 3pm, with music at 2:30pm
  • 3rd Street & E. St. James Street, San Jose
  • Free

Nicholl Park in Richmond

  • Saturday, August 5th at 2pm (music at 1:30pm)
  • Macdonald Avenue and 31st Street in Richmond
  • Admission is free

Frances Willard/Ho Chi Minh Park in Berkeley

  • Saturday, August 11 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • Sunday, August 12 at 2pm, music starts at 1:30pm
  • Hillegass Avenue and Derby Street in Berkeley
  • Admission is free

Miner's Foundry Parking Lot

  • Friday, August 17 at 7:30pm, music starts at 7pm
  • 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
  • Tickets are needed to enter, you can buy them at Briar Patch Market

Community Park

  • Saturday, August 18 at 7pm, music starts at 6:30pm
  • East 14th & F St., Davis
  • Free

Southside Park, Bandshell

  • Sunday, August 19 at 5pm, music at 4:30pm
  • 6th & T St., Sacramento
  • Free

Walnut Park, Progressive Festival in Petaluma

  • Sunday, August 26 at 4pm, music at 3:30pm
  • Petaluma Boulevard South and D Street in Petaluma
  • Admission is free

Mill Valley Community Center, on the Back Lawn

  • Wednesday, August 29 at 7pm, music at 6:30pm
  • 180 Camino Alto (at East Blithedale) in Mill Valley
  • Admission is free

Applegate Community Park, Open Air Theatre

  • Thursday, Sep 6th at 6:30pm, with music at 6pm
  • 1045 W. 25th Street, Merced

San Lorenzo Park

  • Saturday, September 8 at 3pm (music at 2:30pm)
  • Sunday, September 9 at 3pm (music at 2:30pm)
  • Santa Cruz
  • Free

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