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Lessons from old Texas can be applied today

The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s new musical, “Showdown at Crawford Gulch,” presented in Grass Valley Wednesday and Sept. 16, is about lies, greed and dirty double-crossing in a dusty old town where the “good go bad, the bad ain’t pretty and the ugly get uglier.”

Sparks fly as peace-loving citizens of 1886 Crawford Gulch in Texas face perpetual war with the neighboring Comanche. Townsfolk fight to protect their liberties as they are whipped into a frenzy of fear over reported Arrows of Mass Destruction. Even a “home range security” plan needs to be set in place.

“‘Showdown at Crawford Gulch’ takes a look into the not-too-distant past to see how xenophobia, greed and images of bloodthirsty terror were used to ‘tame’ another desert land – and how those tools are just as powerful today,” said playwright Michael Gene Sullivan, who also acts in the musical.

Creating political and socially-relevant plays, the San Francisco Mime Troupe won its first OBIE Award in 1968 followed by two more OBIEs, a Tony Award for Excellence in regional theater, the Bay Area Media Alliance’s Golden Gadfly Award for Lifetime Achievement and numerous Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards.

The Mime Troupe tours Northern and Central California every summer, with shows at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.


WHAT: San Francisco Mime Troupe in “Showdown at Crawford Gulch”

WHEN: Wednesday and Sept. 16. Music begins at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $15. Tickets at Love Shack Records, Yabobo, BriarPatch or Book Seller or online at (800) 594-8499


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