Festivals & Recreation, Performing Arts

San Francisco Mime Troupe – Walls

Sun, Jul 23, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
free
San Francisco Mime Troupe – Walls
Fasten your seatbelts for another wild yet thought-provoking ride with the world-renowned San Francisco Mime Troupe. Experts at finding the absurdity in contemporary culture, the SFMT has been on the progressive frontlines since the heyday of the civil rights movement in the early 1960s. Prepare for laughter, tragedy, snappy dialogue and vivid live music. WALLS asks the question: How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration? The answer: FEAR! L. Mary Jones (Velina Brown) knows all about fear. As a top agent for I.C.E. – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – she knows how to stoke fear to keep her country safe. Fear of people like Bahdoon Samakab (Rotimi Agbabiaka), a Somali refugee escaping oppression, fear of Cliodhna Aghabullogue (Lizzie Calogero), an Irish woman yearning to be American, and fear of Zaniyah Nahuatl (Marilet Martinez), whose family comes from… here. As a foreigner in a land her people have worked for thousands of years suddenly Zaniyah is a criminal, an illegal, a “bad hombre.” What part of herself will this American give up to pass as “American?” Will she? Can she? Should she? Can someone leave part of themselves behind without losing their mind? And is it better or worse that she crossed the border to find Agent L. Mary Jones – the woman she loves?   WALLS written by Michael Gene Sullivan. Music by Michael Bello. Lyrics by Piero Amadeo Infante. Directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe. Ass’t. Director Rotimi Agbabiaka. Music Director: Michael Bello. Mime Troupe performers: Rotimi Agbabiaka, Velina Brown, Lizzie Calogero and Marilet Martinez. Musicians: Patrick Byers, Andrew Niven, and Daniel Savio.