Tony-Winning San Francisco Mime Troupe
to Perform on Wednesday, Oct. 10
Posted September 27, 2001
HOLLAND -- A mime troupe that cannot keep quiet
will perform at Hope College on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 8
p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.
The Tony-award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe
brings its well-known sense of humor, political insight, and
great music to Holland as part of Hope College's Critical
Issues Symposium, "Earth Matters: Daily Decisions,
But this mime troupe is anything but quiet,
instead using the ancient sense of the word "mime," which
means mimic. So there is talking, singing, and plenty of
laughter when ever this venerated political-comedy company
appears on stage.
"Eating It," is a thought-provoking and humorous
look at the specter of market-driven genetic engineering.
The new play embodies the political wit that has earned the
Troupe national and international acclaim for more than four
"Eating It" premiered in San Francisco on July 4,
2000, and went on to set record numbers for audience
attendance on its summer tour of Bay Area parks and theaters
throughout Northern California.
Science fiction satire set in the immediate
future, the play presents protagonists Synthia and Isaac
Albright, genetic engineers and creators of Super Corn, a
genetically enhanced vegetable. The patent on Super Corn has
made them famous and garnered them the full support of a
corporation "BobCo." Now Synthia is working on an even more
powerful seed, one she hopes will end world hunger, and
Isaac knows will make them wealthy. The new seed seems to
offer an extraordinary opportunity for good and enormous
profit, but before it is to be released at the World Food
Conference, Synthia is having second thoughts about its
impact on the environment.
With protestors in the streets, the President
preparing to become "the man who fed the world," and the CEO
from BobCo controlling events for his economic advantage, a
mysterious Old Man arrives desperate to stop Synthia from
releasing Super Corn.
Is he some Luddite nut? Or is he really from the future
where the world has been ravaged by mutant plants, genetic contamination, and reduced to a barren wasteland? Will Synthia believe him? And why does he look so much like Isaac?
"The corn doesn't just grow high in the San
Francisco Mime Troupe's 'Eating It.' The bio-engineered
super-corn grows high fast - very fast. It not only resists
herbicides, it cannibalizes neighboring plants and replaces
them. Devised to combat world hunger, it's a worldwide
environmental nightmare leaving a legacy of 'dark acid
clouds raining mutant genes on the seared flesh of Mother
Earth,'" says Robert Hurwitt, theater critic at the "San
Never a company to shy away from tackling large
political questions, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has been
producing socially relevant musical theater since 1959. The
Troupe has been called "the most established anti-
establishment theater" in the United States. Endowed with a
wealth of artistically inspired members, the Troupe's
emphasis has remained on the ensemble not the ego, holding
closely to the ideals of multiculturalism, equal wages,
mentoring, and passionate popular theater.
The San Francisco Mime Troupe has won numerous Bay
Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards. It won its first OBIE
Award in 1968 for "uniting theater and revolution and
grooving in the parks." Since then, two more OBIEs, the
coveted Tony Award for excellence in regional theater, and
the Bay Area Media Alliance's Golden Gadfly Award for
Lifetime Achievement, have been added to the list of the
company's many honors.
Hailed by "San Francisco Examiner" theater critic
Robert Hurwitt as one of "the four pillars of Bay Area
theater," "politically acute and theatrically inventive,"
the Troupe recently completed a successful East Coast tour,
where "The New York Times" called the group "a mime troupe
that has a lot to say."
Tickets are $10 for the public, and $5 for Hope
College students, faculty, and staff. Tickets may be
purchased on Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 2-5, and Wednesday, Oct.
10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the theatre lobby ticket
office in the DeWitt Center, located on Columbia Avenue at
12th. Tickets may also be ordered during that time by
calling (616) 395-7890. Please note that box office is
closed Saturday-Tuesday, Oct. 6-9, due to Hope College’s