Tuesday, October 27, 2009

50 Years of the San Francisco Mime Troupe Free In(g) the Parks - The San Francisco Mime Troupe Fights for Free Speech, 1959-1969

R.G. Davis performing in Il Candelaio (1965). Photo by Erik Weber, image courtesy of the Bancroft Library

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the library is pleased to present an exhibit of photographs, original press clippings, court papers, broadsides, posters and other artifacts that dramatize the Mime Troupe’s struggles to win the right to perform uncensored in San Francisco and on the road, at the price of repeated arrests, expulsions, and court cases.

This exhibit will be displayed in the Steve Silver Beach Blanket Babylon Room in The Art, Music and Recreation Center on the Fourth Floor of the Main Library from October 24, 2009 through February 1, 2010.

There will be a related program on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2 PM in the Koret Auditorium on the Lower Level of Main Library. Radical Theater Revisited is panel discussion by 3 founding fathers of radical theater: R.G. Davis, San Francisco Mime Troupe; Peter Schuman, Bread and Puppet Theater; and Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino.

All library programs are free and open to the public.

Related resources:

The Album, a sound recording by San Francisco Mime Troupe [long playing 12 inch record] (Flying Fish, 1983).

By Popular Demand: Plays and Other Works by the San Francisco Mime Troupe (The Troupe, 1980).

Festive Revolutions: The Politics of Popular Theatre and The San Francisco Mime Troupe by Claudia Orenstein (University Press of Mississippi, 1998).

The San Francisco Mime Troupe: The First Ten Years by R. G. Davis (Ramparts Press, 1975).

The San Francisco Mime Troupe Reader, edited by Susan Vaneta Mason (University of Michigan Press, 2005).

The Art, Music and Recreation Center also has vertical files for the San Francisco Mime Troupe and for Ronny (R. G.) Davis.

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