S.F. Mime Troupe Returns to Dolores Park for July 4

Seeing Red is a madcap musical satire ensemble that opens another summer of free shows.

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Anyone still looking for July 4 plans could probably use a reminder that the perennially popular San Francisco Mime Troupe will once again turn Dolores Park into a giant outdoor theater for an absolutely free Independence Day show. Early arrival, blankets, and picnic fixin’s are highly encouraged for Wednesday afternoon’s 2 p.m. performance of Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical.

The July 4 show is the world premiere of the Mime Troupe’s 2018 production, so we don’t know much beyond that this rollicking musical is the story of “a disillusioned Trump voter [who] travels back in time to 1912.” But the trailer for the show can be seen above, and indicates that Seeing Red will pack the exact same politically charged, Vaudeville ragtime hilarity we’ve come to expect from the Mime Troupe in its many decades of free performances.

Since July 4 is on a Wednesday, there’s only one Dolores Park show for the annual Independence Day premiere. The show then heads to Berkeley’s Cedar Rose Park for Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances this weekend.

According to the S.F. Mime Troupe 2018 schedule, the only other Dolores Park shows scheduled for this summer are not until Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-3). There will be additional San Francisco performances throughout July and August at both indoor and outdoor venues like Yerba Buena Gardens, Washington Square Park, the Bayview Opera House, and others.

Upon examining the now 59-year history of the S.F. Mime Troupe, we see their first forays into the traditional Dolores Park shows that we now know and love started sometime in the 1980s.  But the Troupe’s anti-establishment fabulousness hit a new high-water mark last year, when their show Walls drew the ire of right-wing agitprop outlet Breitbart in their write-up Trump NEA Grants $20K for Lesbian Illegal Alien Musical.

San Francisco Mime Troupe presents Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical, various dates and venues throughout the summer. Free with donations encouraged; sfmt.org

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