San Francisco Mime Troupe brings political humor to Nevada City
“Anyone concerned about the state of global politics – and about the state of political humor -should listen to the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s message.”
– The New York Times
“Part savagely acute political satire, part living newspaper, and all broad, tuneful, and timely musical comedy.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Mime Troupe will make its first appearance at the Nevada Theater on Thursday, September 9.
The Mime Troupe have been performing in Nevada County annually for nearly 20 years.
The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe opens its 51st season with POSIBILIDAD, or Death of the Worker. A small U.S. factory is shutting down. All of the workers are losing their jobs, and to add insult to injury, they have also lost their last two weeks of pay and retirement funds, which were raided over the years to pay stock dividends.
On the final day of work, a pregnant employee, suddenly overtaken with labor pains, sits down on the job. Interpreting this as an act of defiance, the boss calls security. The situation escalates and before anyone has a chance to think, the workers have accidentally occupied the factory.
During the negotiation process, the boss tries intimidation, patriotism and red scare tactics, while the workers just try to figure out what the heck they’re doing.
Some say wreck the place. Others blame the union. One worker, an Argentine ex-pat, says they should consider running the factory themselves and is immediately labeled a “commie.”
At night, as the occupying workers entertain themselves with songs and stories, the Argentine comes forward again and tells the tale of a similar strike back home.
As more of the Argentine’s story unfolds, the parallel plights of the American and Argentine workers play out side by side.
While the Americans struggle to keep their factory occupation from becoming politicized, the Argentine strike is deeply political. In the end, both the American and Argentine Workers are victorious, but which resolution will ultimately keep the power in the Workers’ hands?
Wilma Bonet directs Rotimi Agbabiaka, Velina Brown, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Maggie Mason, Brian Rivera and Michael Gene Sullivan in this modern song and tango about politics in the workplace, written by Michael Gene Sullivan with music and lyric by Pat Moran. Additional dialogue contributed by Ellen Callas.
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