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"FREEDOMLAND" IS A HIT!
"The show is high--energy and often hilarious while also serving as a sobering depiction of how entire segments of the population can be automatically seen as a threat because of the color of their skin in this supposedly "post-racial" society."
Marin IJ - 7/8/15
"The humor is broad, the music is catchy, and by the end, the audience is on their feet to the tune of "There can be no law till there's order / There can be no peace till there's justice." "Freedomland" never gives up. This is a new play with top commedia standards."
theatrestorm.com - 7/21/15
"Bravura performance." "Brilliant." "Freedomland stands out as one of the most thoughtful and sobering (of the Troupe's productions.) It is fraught with emotion and analysis. Call it, for want of a better phrase, a "musical tragedy," fueled with a polemicist's intensity, a Shakespearean reach, and a doo-wop dollop of tuneful songs. Freedomland rises to an important new level of radical criticism."
berkeleydailyplant.com - 7/19/15
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...
Poster Design: Lawton Lovely
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
FREEDOMLAND written by Michael Gene Sullivan. Music & lyrics by Ira Marlowe. Directed by Andrea Snow with the SF Mime Troupe. Mime Troupe performers Hugo E Carbajal, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Michael Gene Sullivan and first-time troupe performer George P. Scott. Plus band members Ray Fernandez, Aaron Kierbel and Daniel Savio
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Though our shows are free, again the cost of doing them is anything but. In order to speak out, we need to be heard, literally
. Last we borrowed an excellent sound system with a delay from Meyer Sound Laboratories that made it possible for the actors to be clearly audible to everyone
. We don't want to backtrack so we need to purchase the minimum basics of that system to the tune of $9000. Combine that with permits, porta potties, union expenses, fuel costs etc...you get the picture... we need to raise 55 thousand dollars
. Read on and donate!
The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not do pantomime. We mean 'mime' in the ancient sense: to mimic. We are satirists, seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life, and at the same time see their causes. We travel the country and the world with our message of solidarity, comedy, and the plight of the worker in our increasingly corporatized democracy, and have done shows about most of the burning issues of our time - normally debunking the official story. And because we want our shows about the issues of the day to be seen by the people who are most effected by those issues- working class families who can't always afford to the ticket prices at the other Tony award winning theaters - we perform most of our shows free in public parks, for tens of thousands of our fellow citizens every summer.