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What: San Francisco Mime Troupe Presents their 2015 theatrical production "Freedomland"!
When: Saturday, June 27th, 2015/ Doors at 6:30pm / SF Mime Band at 7:30pm / Showtime at 8pm
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets: $20 at the Door Only / $18 for MCC members! / Dinner will be available for purchase before the show.

S.F. Mime - Freedomland Poster
(L to R) Michael Gene Sullivan (Malcolm Haywood), George P. Scott (Nathaniel Haywood) in Freedomland. Poster Design by: Lawton Lovely

The Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe is back with this year's production: "Freedomland"!

Summers are abuzz with activity in Southern Humboldt, but theatre and comedy fans will want to keep the evening of Saturday, June 27th open to attend the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe's 26th Mateel Community Center summer performance.

Now in its 56th season as a theatre troupe, SF Mime will be performing its original musical, Freedomland,  written by Michael Gene Sullivan with music & lyrics by Ira Marlowe

About "Freedomland"...

A door is blown off its hinges! Into a blasted room of scarred walls and shattered windows, armed with M-16's, America's bravest duck and dodge for cover, finally training their deadly gunsights on... an old black man watching TV on his couch? This isn't Baghdad or Kandahar - its home, and for ex-Black Panther Malcolm Haywood it's just another wrong door police raid in the War on Drugs. So of course Malcolm is horrified when the grandson he’s tried to protect, Nathaniel, returns from serving in Afghanistan only to find another war zone at home - and one where young Black men like Nathaniel are in the crosshairs! Meanwhile the Mayor and the Police Chief -  one desperate for votes, the other desperate to fund his militarized police force - ramp up the fear (and their shiny new tank) to fight the newest, drug threat to America... worse than weed, meth, coke, crack, or crank, it's... SNORF!!

And, of course, the SNORF trade is centered in the darkest part of town.

Are the police out of control? What happened to "innocent until proven guilty”? Is Malcolm's neighbor Lluis (an undocumented immigrant,) actually a SNORF-lord? And can Malcolm convince his grandson that it is safer to re-up and fight overseas than to try to survive here at home, in Freedomland?

About The S.F. Mime Troupe

The Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, is a popular staple of Mateel Community Center’s annual offerings. Bringing political satire to audiences as hilarious musical theatre, is a form the Mime Troupe has perfected over its 56-year history.

The Mime Troupe makes you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life while highlighting the causes of their existence. Never reticent about bringing tough issues to light, they do the opposite: dissecting and exposing the dark underbelly unscrupulous corporations, and governments that hold their rights to profit and power, above the rights of people to things like clean water, clean air and other basic freedoms.

In recent years they’ve lampooned such controversial issues as genetically modified foods, the “War on Terror,” the U.S. health care system, the gentrification of urban neighborhoods and presidential elections, to name a few. 

For more information visit the SF MIME Official Web Site at : www.sfmt.org
...and stop by the SF MIME Facebook Page at : https://www.facebook.com/sfmimetroupe

Freedomland - Credits:

Freedomland is written by Michael Gene Sullivan.
Music & lyrics by Ira Marlowe.
Music director: Michael Bello. Musicians include: Daniel Savio, with 2 additional musicians TBA.
Directed by: Andrea Snow with SF Mime Troupe.

Freedomland features Mime Troupe collective members:
Hugo E Carbajal
(Lluis),
Lisa Hori-Garcia (Emily Militis)
Michael Gene Sullivan (Malcolm Haywood)
and first-time troupe performer George P. Scott (Nathaniel Haywood).

Scenic Designer: Keiko Shimosato Carreiro
Costume Designer: Dorothy Martinez
Props Designer: Devon Labelle
Photography: DavidAllenStudio.com
Poster Design: Lawton Lovely
S.F. Mime - Ripple Efect
(L to R) Lisa Hori-Garcia (Emily Militis), George P. Scott (Nathaniel Haywood), Hugo E Carbajal (Cop) in Freedomland.

S.F. Mime - Ripple Efect
(L to R) Michael Gene Sullivan (Malcolm Haywood), George P. Scott (Nathaniel Haywood) in Freedomland.


"Anyone concerned about the state of global politics-- and about the state of political humor -- should listen to the Mime troupe's message."
- The New York Times

"You're never only watching a political theater piece, but rather a double barreled re-invention of politics and theater at once."
- The Boston Globe

"...a lot of fun...the audience has a great time"
- Marin Independent Journal

 

 
S.F. Mime - Ripple Efect
(L to R) Lisa Hori-Garcia (Cop), Michael Gene Sullivan (Malcolm Haywood), George P. Scott (Nathaniel Haywood), Hugo E Carbajal (Cop) in Freedomland.

S.F. Mime - Ripple Efect
(L to R) Michael Gene Sullivan (Malcolm Haywood), George P. Scott (Nathaniel Haywood), Lisa Hori-Garcia (Cop), Hugo E Carbajal (Cop) in Freedomland.


"...pointed and funny"
- San Francisco Examiner

"The Troupe's penchant for relentlessly and artistically questioning the status quo draws North Bay audiences year after year."
- North Bay Bohemian

For more information visit the
SF MIME Official Web Site at :
www.sfmt.org

...and visit SF MIME Facebook Page at :
https://www.facebook.com/sfmimetroupe



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