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Laborfest: SF Mime Troupe's The Last Election
Date Wednesday July 04
Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details
Dolores Park - 18th St. & Dolores, San Francisco. Near 16th St BART station, also J Church Muni Metro train to 18th Street, Buses: 22, 33
Event Type Concert/Show
Organizer/Author
This annual Free 4th of July Event is a San Francisco institution that is a MUST SEE. The opener is a fabulous song and dance performance by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a gay men's theater group that is itself among the pride and joys of San Francisco. Bring your suntan/sunscreen lotion as needed, water and refreshments for a picnic and get there by 1:30 p.m. to enjoy the musical warmup of the Mime Troupe's orchestra that opens the show with the irreverent and far more singable version of the Star Spangled Banner national anthem by Jimi Hendrix.
The Mime Troupe came from the Actor's Worshop of the San Francisco Labor School of the 1950s, formerly known as the Tom Mooney Labor School of the 1940s.
Synopsis for this year's show:
Pity the poor 1 per cent. Abused in that sliver of press they don’t own, condemned in the streets by a rabble who don’t appreciate the benefits of being trickled down upon, and raked over the coals by the few politicians who aren’t lined up to kiss their wealth and power. Talk about an oppressed minority! Finally, someone is stepping up to tell the story of these steaming sacks of benevolence as the San Francisco Mime Troupe presents THE LAST ELECTION, a tale that will warm the heart of every billionaire. Based on the classic 19th century melodrama The Poor of New York, the Troupe turns the story on its head, telling it from the point of view of the misunderstood Godzillionaires who have made this country what it is today: broke.
See also
http://www.laborfest.net/2012/2012schedule.htm
http://www.sfmt.org/company/history.php
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf0489n414/
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/s/sclead/umich-scl-callabor?rgn=main;view=text
On Tom Mooney:
http://www.dickmeister.com/id331.html
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAmooneycase.htm
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 7:10 AM
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