The San Francisco Mime Troupe kicked off its Summer 2016 Season to a large crowd in Berkeley’s Cedar-Rose Park on July 2 and 3. Then they packed everything up and did a show in Dolores Park in San Francisco on July 4. “Schooled” (6:34) is the title of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Summer 2016 musical play.
Vic Sadot created a short video (6:33) made from photos and short clips at the end of the show on July 3 at Cedar Rose Park. It has been posted at Vic Sadot YouTube and Truth Troubadour YouTube. The lyrics are full of one line gems that pack a lot of impact in the whole context of the storyline. Ira Marlowe runs a little Berkeley club called The Monkey House, and he is one of the most prolific songwriters in the SF Bay Area. Daniel Savio is the Musical Director for the SFMT Summer Tour. Try to remember to get the free flyer “Schooled Lyrics”, which is separate from the program. Get both! You won’t regret it!
They will be back in Berkeley at Live Oak Park at Shattuck Ave. & Berryman St. on Saturday, July 9th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30) and Sunday, July 10th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30). To get a good seat on the grass you should get there an hour before the music and you can bring small lawn chairs and picnic stuff. The summer tour goes all the way to the grand finale at Dolores Park on September 4 and 5. There will be only one more curtain call in Berkeley at Willard Park (aka Malcolm X Park) on August 20 and 21.
It was another great combination of script writing, comedic talent, and clever song crafting. They pass out a program with all the credits and also a Song Lryics flyer for this year’s play called “Schooled” written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan. Directed by Michael Sullivan. Music & Lyrics by Ira Marlowe. Musical Direction by Daniel Savio. In “The Campaign”candidate Babbit is a Trump-like boastful character derides his oppostion saying he is: “Up against some mommy whose kid can’t make the grade… and some aging commie on the corner. Vote for Babbit! Vote for Babbit! Here’s your chance, now grab it!” Candidate Ethel retorts: This country needs citizens, awake and aware! Standing up to power and that class of billionaires! Our schools need teachers, respected and inspired! Our kids need to be taught, and not just wired!”
Will Durkee plays guitar and bass in the 3 piece SFMT Band. The actors and Troupe members go into the crowd after each play to solicit support. Their political message is able to get to the root of our social problems because they do not accept funding from corporations. The SFMT BAND is Will Durkee on guitar and bass; Dominic Moisant on percussion; and Daniel Savio on keyboards.
This new Vic Sadot video about the 2016 SF Mime Troupe Summer Tour is set as a Creative Commons Copyright for Non Profit Use with Credits. “We are The San Francisco Mime Troupe! And we are in our 57th year of fighting oppression one play at a time!”, states Rotimi Agbabiaka when the play ends and it’s time to make the pitch for grass roots support.
The events are Stage Managed by Karen Runk. Scenic Design by Jay Lasnik. Costume Design by Blake More. Sound Design by Keith Arcuragi and Taylor Gonzalez. CAST OF CHARACTERS: Rotimi Agbabiaka plays Thomas Jones and Arthur Quisdedo; Velina Brown plays Lavinia Jones and Estelle Partridge; Lisa Hori-Garcia plays Fredersen J. Babbit and Michiko Chimlis; and Keiko Shimosate Carreiro plays Ethel Orocuru, Tatianna, and the Choir Student. See full credit listings at Show Bios for 2016 “Schooled” Personnel.
The key to the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s independence and artistic integrity is their San Francisco Bay Area fan-based funding. They do strategic grant fundraising that also supports the many projects they engage in. At the SFMT Merchandise Booth at every show many attractive souvenir items are available. I went for the T-Shirt this year. There is also a volunteer sign-up sheet at the merchandise booth, and you can subscribe to this unique SF Bay Area cultural project at their website. After the show, you can have a chat with the cast and crew. But on days when they have to bust everything down and haul it to the next show, they may seem weary and in a hurry. Able bodied volunteers are appreciated in most cases (lol)…
The San Francisco Mime Troupe is indeed a precious example of community theatrical resistance to war and social injustice as well as being a participatory education vehicle for citizen empowerment. Come laugh and enjoy the sunshine as you contemplate the great difference between being “educated” to be capable of doing the critical thinking needed of citizens in a democracy; and being warehoused and “schooled” to be a pawn in the plans of the super rich psycho-patholigical predatory class out to privatize every commonwealth resource and institution on the planet. SF Mime Trouple may be a rag tag organization, but their mission is to make all the difference in the world. So…
“What are you’s gonna do about it?!!!” (Fredersen J. Babbit – Corporate School Board Candidate in “Schooled” by Michael Gene Sullivan and Eugenie Chan)
ps I am doing my own Summer of 2016 Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign to maintain similar independence and artistic integrity intact for my own music projects. See Berkeley Calling Blog post 6-23-16: “Vic Sadot Launches IndieGoGo CD Fundraiser”. The “Truth Troubadour” CD Campaign will end on August 9! Or go directly to Vic Sadot Launches 2016 IndieGoGo Truth Troubadour CD Fundraiser Campaign June 24, 2016 for 47 days to end on Aug 9! Please share this link now to help launch this project! Come hang out here with Vic for a few minutes! Thanks! Vic Sadot