Cast & Crew
Stephen C. Foster
Members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, dressed in traditional commedia dell'arte costumes, parade along the streets of their city one summer weekend playing instruments as they announce their upcoming free park performance. After performing an unconventional version of Molière's The Miser , they pass a hat to the audience. Next, the members perform The Minstrel Show or Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel , in which three black and three white actors perform such songs as "Old Black Joe" within the framework of a conventional minstrel show. Later, a restroom confrontation between two blacks and a white portrays the black middle class and the white liberal. During intermission the actors go into the audience and select white women to dance with on stage. At a company meeting after the performance, director Ronnie Davis discusses the troupe's purpose and the problems of a revolutionary theater group enduring in the absence of a revolution. As a filmed record of the preceding events ends, some troupe members discuss the footage they have seen; some are despondent, others are hopeful, but all agree their work must continue.