The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe opens its 50th Anniversary season with a song and dance satire of monumental proportions, Too Big to Fail, which will tour throughout San Francisco, the East Bay, North Bay, Central Valley, and Peninsula.
Told in the tradition of the West African Griots, this modern day epic follows Filiji, a man in love with his family, his village, and most of all, his goat, Bamuso. What more could a man need to be happy? How about two goats? Three? A flock? Turned down for a loan by the village micro bank, Filiji, now the self-proclaimed Goat Lord of Kanabeedomo, borrows from a new lender in town, a subsidiary of a much bigger bank in a distant, mystical land called Wall Street. When the economy takes a sudden turn for the worse, the bank gets desperate and calls in Filiji's loan. Housing is down, credit is down, dividends are down, and like any Ponzi scheme, a constant flow of cash is essential, but where will it come from? Is it simply enough to let Filiji pay his small debt, or have the Wall Street big-wigs stumbled upon the latest, greatest investment bubble to exploit - goats? How will Filiji save himself and his collateral, the beloved Bamuso? Can America be shifted to a goat economy?
Wilma Bonet directs Velina Brown, B.W. Gonzales, Ed Holmes, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Adrian Mejia, and Michael Gene Sullivan in this odyssey through the twists and turns of banking bureaucracy and international finance to find out how all the greed got started, and more importantly, how the hell we can turn it off.
Founded in 1959, the San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater; their work is political satire and anything but silent. Winner of three OBIE awards and a Tony Award for Excellence in Regional Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe creates plays that make sense out of the headlines, close-up stories that make audiences feel the impact of political events on their personal lives. To make this work accessible to the broadest audience possible, the Mime Troupe performs as a regional touring company, presenting their work at a price everyone can afford: free.
For more information or a complete schedule, the public may call 415-285-1717 or visit www.sfmt.org.