Lisa Hori-Garcia in Mr. Babbit costume following performance of Schooled at Dolores Park, San Francisco, on July 4th.
My first time watching a San Francisco Mime Troupe performance! What an incredible experience. Gifted performers, witty script, and plenty of entertainment with dialogue, song, sight and sound gags. Watch out for your local school district’s takeover by private corporations. This is one of the lessons from Schooled. This can be applied broadly since the current mantra is that privatization creates efficiency and costs less. Mr. Babbit, as we see above, repeats the mantra of Efficiency! throughout this engaging performance. But if people were truly paying attention, instead of digging from their pockets through tax payer dollars, they would know that privatization only increases costs and expands inefficiencies. Oh well, who really wants to know?
Besides Hori-Garcia’s role as a character modeled after Republication presumed nominee Donald Trump in the current presidential election cycle, this actor packs a punch! Rotimi Agbabiaka also presented a stellar performance with a voice that soars. You can still see performances of this relevant musical comedy, visit http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/.
This performance on Fourth of July was part of LaborFest’s earliest listings for the month of July 2016. You can find out about our full schedule at: http://laborfest.net/. I will be co-leading a walking tour of San Francisco with Gifford Hartman on the 100th year anniversary of the horrific Preparedness Day Bombing of July 22, 1916. This event led to the conviction and imprisonment of two innocent labor organizers, Tom Mooney and Warren Billings. Join us at One Market Street at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23rd, to learn about the combating forces between San Francisco business and San Francisco labor, imperialist and anti-imperialist forces, and many other opposing viewpoints that were the backdrop for this event. On Sunday, July 24th, I will contribute to a panel on how horrific events, such as the Preparedness Day Bombing, lead to political suppression in our country. This event will be held at ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd Street, next to AT&T Park, beginning at 10:00 a.m.