San Francisco Mime Troupe in town for 26th Annual Visit September 7
This year's show outdoors at Miners Foundry
Paul Emery and the Miners Foundry present The San Francisco Mime Troupe in a Twilight performance outdoors, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center on Friday, September 7, 2012. This is the first show of many to be produced outside at the Miners Foundry, and the outdoor performances have been dubbed “Twilight” shows. "We were really struggling to find a venue for the Troupe this year" Paul Emery said. "Due to the size of the set, the Osborn/Woods Hall inside at the Foundry was not an option so we came up with the idea of doing it outdoors behind the Foundry. They will set up their own stage like they do in the parks and we will provide seating. It's literally a very cool place with a nice breeze coming up in the evenings from Deer Creek."
Founded in 1959, the San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater; their work is political satire and anything but silent. The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not do silent pantomime. They mean 'mime' in the ancient sense: to mimic. They talk, sing, and make a lot of noise. They are satirists; seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life and at the same time, see their causes. They perform everywhere from public parks to palaces of culture, aiming to reach the broadest possible audience.
The Tony Award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe opened their 53rd Season on July 4, 2012 in Dolores Park, premiering For the Greater Good, or The Last Election. Michael Gene Sullivan directs Velina Brown, Ed Holmes, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Victor Toman and Reggie D. White in this ironic musical melodrama about "true" American values. For the Greater Good, or The Last Election was written by Michael Gene Sullivan, with music, lyrics, and musical direction by Pat Moran.
What is the performance all about? Pity the poor 1 percent. Abused in that sliver of press they don’t own, condemned in the streets by a rabble who don’t appreciate the benefits of being trickled down upon, and raked over the coals by the few politicians who aren’t lined up to kiss their wealth and power. Talk about an oppressed minority! Finally, someone is stepping up to tell their story with a tale that will warm the heart of every billionaire (if they have one). Based on the 19th century melodrama The Poor of New York, … The Last Election turns the classic story on its head, telling it from the point of view of the misunderstood Godzillionaires who have made this country what it is today: broke.
Seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life, the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s 26th Annual visit to Nevada County is certainly an event not to be missed! Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for sale and tickets are available in person or by telephone at the Nevada City Box Office, at Briarpatch CoOp or online at www.nevadacityboxoffice.org. For more information, visit www.minersfoundry.org or call the Miners Foundry at 530 265 5040.
"The Mime Troupe - funny as ever, and loaded as ever with witty, tuneful songs" San Francisco Examiner - 7/9/12
"As soon as Victor Toman takes the stage as blowhard corporate accountant Jack Badger in San Francisco Mime Troup's For the Greater Good or The Last Election, fans immediately relax, knowing that, for yet another season, San Francisco Mime Troupe is going to deliver the goods." Theatre Sport - 7/6/12
"Scathing satire of a culture that lionizes the rich...There's no denying the riotous sense of empowerment in this tribute to our democracy, in all its frailties. Political musical satire has rarely been so infectiously patriotic. Too bad it's only summer because "The Last Election" really makes you want to get out there and rock the vote." Mercury News / Tri-Valley Newa - 7/19/12