SF Mime Troupe
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Lagunitas School Field
Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical
It’s Election Night 2018 and Bob swears she’ll never vote again. Decades of watching her town get devastated by falling wages and outsourced factories made this former Obama voter take a chance on the new guy promising change—Donald J. Trump. But it’s two years into his presidency and Bob’s still waiting to start winning. Tonight, she’s drowning her sorrows at the neighborhood bar, telling anyone who’ll listen that all politicians are liars, the system is rigged, and nothing’s ever gonna change.
Along comes a mysterious stranger with an intriguing offer. He’ll show her an America where working people of all races and genders come together to demand a brighter future, where socialism isn’t a dirty word. He’ll take her all the way – to 1912.
As Bob finds herself back in the heyday of the American Socialist Party, she realizes that she may have more in common with those blue-state progressives. She begins to ask: what will it take to get people to stop voting against their interests? How do we overcome the divide-and-conquer tactics that keep us all down? When did America’s electoral choices get so limited? And isn’t it time to get off the swinging pendulum that’s left us at our current impasse?