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The San Francisco Mime Troupe Reader by Susan Vaneta Mason

By Susan Vaneta Mason

The San Francisco Mime Troupe Reader is a long-overdue number of many of the best political satires created and produced by way of the Tony Award-winning corporation over the last 40 years.

It can also be a background of the corporate that used to be the theater of the counterculture circulation within the Nineteen Sixties and that, opposed to all odds, has controlled to outlive the customarily opposed financial system for the humanities within the usa. The performs chosen are varied, representing many of the Troupe's best indicates, and the book's illustrations trap many of the Troupe's such a lot memorable moments.

These hilarious, edgy, and inventive scripts are observed through insightful remark by means of theater historian and critic Susan Vaneta Mason, who has been following the Troupe for greater than 3 a long time. The Mime Troupe Reader will have interaction and entertain a variety of audiences, not just basic readers but in addition these drawn to the background of yank social protest, the counterculture of the 1960s-particularly the San Francisco scene-and the evolution of latest political theater. it is going to additionally entice the legions of Troupe enthusiasts who go back each year to work out them rise up opposed to one other social or company Goliath.

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Randy Grater, “London Society Presses Battle against Mime Ban,” Titan Times (California State College at Fullerton), 13 February 1968. 53. Nancy Scott, “Celebrating the Presence of Mime,” San Francisco Examiner, 5 July 1992. A Minstrel Show, or Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel 1965 Script by R. G. Davis and Saul Landau Introduction When the troupe set out to do a play about the civil rights movement, they mined one of the most racist entertainment forms in American theatrical history, then infused it with a contemporary critique.

What I mean is, what are you doing for a livelihood? ) Oh, I’m a ›oorwalker in a drygoods store. A lady come in dere de other day, say she wanted to buy a pair of garters. ” And I say, if I do, I get discharged. All chuckle, laugh. inter: Come, come, whom did you vote for last time? bones: Robinson Crusoe. inter: What did he run for? bones: Exercise. All laugh. inter: Now cut out the foolishness. Are you a Republican or a Democrat? bones: Democrat. inter: And your wife is also a Democrat? bones: She was, but she bolted.

I guess you feels pretty good, now dat you’s top man on de totem pole? king: Yes, boy, I feel proud, just like a new man. bones: But what you gonna do with all dat money? king: I’m gonna use dat money to erect a new symbol for our people. We are gonna walk in de footsteps of de greatest paci‹st of all time, Jesus Christ. We must learn to love de white man, we must pray (all enter as if praying) for de white man, for dat is our only salvation, de only way to achieve Justice under God. For it is written in de Good Book that he who lives by de sword shall die by de sword, and he who wreaks vengeance, shall too feel de sharp blade of vengeance .

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