Parodying political theater
THE SAN FRANCISCO Mime Troupe returns to the Sebastiani Theatre on Monday, Sept. 19.
Fletcher Oakes/Special to the Index-Tribune
The San Francisco Mime Troupe returns to the Sebastiani Theatre at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, with its new show "2012 - The Musical!"
This lively satire tells the story of a small political theater company, Theater BAM!, which finds itself at a crossroads: should they keep telling the stories they feel can change the world (and starve while telling them), or feed at the corporate trough, sell out, and be the mouthpiece for "The Man?" Before having to make this tough decision, they are offered an artistic commission that may save the company; all they have to do is create a new play, "2012 - The Musical!" But is it political? Will it keep with the company's original mission? What's the true purpose of this frivolous production, and who's really bankrolling the thing?
This musical satire about the art of mass distraction was written by Michael Gene Sullivan, with additional dialogue by SFMT, music and lyrics by Bruce Barthol, and musical direction and additional lyrics and composition by Pat Moran.
The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not do pantomime. 'Mime' is defined in the ancient sense: to mimic. The San Francisco Mime Troupe travels the country and the world with their message of solidarity, comedy, and the plight of the worker in this increasingly corporatized democracy, and has done shows about most of the burning issues of our time - normally debunking the official story.
The Sebastiani Theatre is located at 476 First St. E.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for youth (17 and under). Reserved seating tickets are available by calling 996-9756.