How to Make a (Political) Play: Behind the scenes with the San Francisco Mime Troupe

Sep 9, 2009 - Mar 23, 2010

Shields Library Lobby - Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections

Joan Holden

Jenny Hodge

Public Services Assistant

Liz Phillips

Processing Archivist

This exhibit was created and prepared by Joan Holden, principal playwright for the Mime Troupe from 1970 to 2000, and Jenny Hodge, Liz Phillips, and John Skarstad from Special Collections, University Library, UC Davis.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Mime Troupe (a political theatre group), this exhibit shows step-by-step how a production is developed. Drawn from the San Francisco Mime Troupe archives, housed in Special Collections, these script drafts, memos, correspondence, broadsides, graphics, photographs, and even old checkbooks vividly illustrate an ex-Trouper’s account of what it takes to create and mount a performance, and to meet the constant challenge of keeping a company alive and afloat.

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