How to Make a (Political) Play

Behind the scenes with the San Francisco Mime Troupe

Peter J. Shields Lobby — Special Collections Display Cases
Fall 2009 - Winter 2010

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.

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.

For more information, please contact the Special Collections Department at (530) 752‑1621