The San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT) is back for its 60th year; delighting audiences with satirical, political theater, while calling out the craziness of contemporary life. If you haven’t seen the troupe before, their free performances (donations welcomed) are most often set in a park or plaza. But they’re not silent in a “classic Marcel Marceau mime” sense. There is dialogue, song, and lots of noise.

This year, using the classic tale of Treasure Island as its inspiration… the show follows Hawkins, a civil servant in San Francisco, who accidentally stumbles upon the unethical plans of a developer, L.J. Silver. The lyrics are written by Daniel Savio, son of famed Free Speech Movement leader, Mario Savio.

“The job of the artist in politics is to take leaps the politicos never take,” R.G. Davis, founder of the San Francisco Mime Troupe [SFMT]

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Schedule

Dolores Park – Bay Area Opening Weekend
Thu, Jul 4th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
19th Street & Dolores Street, San Francisco

John Hinkle Amphitheatre – Bay Area Opening Weekend
Sat, Jul 6th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Sun, Jul 7th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
41 Somerset Place, Berkeley

Cubberley Community Center, Amphitheatre
Wed, Jul 10th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Frances Willard/Ho Chi Minh Park
Sat, Jul 13th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Sun, Jul 14th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Hillegass Avenue & Derby Street, Berkeley
Post show discussion on 7/13

Arena Theater
Wed, Jul 17th @ 8pm (Music 7:30pm)
214 Main Street, Point Arena
Ticket Info: arenatheater.org or 707.882.3272

Todd Grove Park
Thu, Jul 18th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
Live Oak Avenue & Clubhouse Drive, Ukiah

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park
Sat, Jul 20th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, San Francisco

Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Sun, Jul 21st @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
800 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City

Troupe Studio Space
Wed, Jul 24th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
Thu, Jul 25th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
855 Treat Avenue, San Francisco
Seating is limited, must RSVP Post show discussion on 7/24

Balboa Park
Sat, Jul 27th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Havelock Street & San Jose Avenue, San Francisco

Yerba Buena Gardens
Sun, Jul 28th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Mission Street & 3rd Street, San Francisco

Lakeside Park / Lake Merritt
Wed, Jul 31st @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
Thu, Aug 1st @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
Edoff Memorial Band Stand, Oakland

Live Oak Park
Sat, Aug 3rd @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Sun, Aug 4th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Shattuck Avenue & Berryman Street, Berkeley
Post show discussion on 8/3

Cubberley Community Center, Amphitheatre
Wed, Aug 7th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

St. James Park
Sat, Aug 10th @ 3pm (Music 2:30pm)
3rd Street & E. Saint James Street, San Jose

Glen Park
Sun, Aug 11th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Elk Street & Chenery, San Francisco

Davis HS, Richard Brunelle Performance Hall
Tue, Aug 13th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
315 W 14th Street, Davis
Seating is limited, must RSVP

Southside Park, Bandshell
Wed, Aug 14th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
6th & T Streets, Sacramento

Pioneer Park
Fri, Aug 16th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
421 Nimrod Street, Nevada City

Potrero del Sol
Sun, Aug 18th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Potrero del Sol, Cesar Chavez, San Francisco

Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
Sat, Aug 24th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
2160 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

La Plaza Park
Sun, Aug 25th @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Old Redwood Hwy & West Sierra Avenue, Cotati

Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park
Sat, Aug 31st @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
JFK Drive & Peacock Meadow, Between Panhandle and Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Dolores Park
Sun, Sep 1st @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
Mon, Sep 2nd @ 2pm (Music 1:30pm)
19th Street & Dolores Street, San Francisco
Post show discussion on 9/1

Mill Valley Community Center, on the Back Lawn
Thu, Sep 5th @ 7pm (Music 6:30pm)
180 Camino Alto (at East Blithedale), Mill Valley

San Lorenzo Park
Sat, Sep 7th @ 3pm (Music 2:30pm)
Sun, Sep 8th @ 3pm (Music 2:30pm)
San Lorenzo Park, Dakota Avenue, Santa Cruz
No dogs, alcohol, or smoking allowed in park.

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Photo: (l-r) Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (John Livesey), Michael Gene Sullivan (Benny Gunn), Brian Rivera (L.J. Silver), Andre Amarotico (William Bones) in Treasure Island – Photo by Mike Melnyk