CI hosts San Francisco Mime Troupe actors as they take an irreverent look at 2016 politics

CSU Channel Islands (CI) Performing Arts students and two members of the award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe will conduct an interactive lecture/performance satirizing the politics of 2016 along with political shenanigans from years past.

The public is welcome to watch Mime Troupe members Hugo Carbajal and Lisa Hori-Garcia join upper division Performing Arts students as they present “57 Years of Political Theater” Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Malibu Hall 140 on the CI campus.

The title, which is derived from the political satire troupe’s 57 years in existence, encompasses a presentation of information, scenes and new material from past, present and future moments in U.S. politics.

The performance marks the conclusion of an intensive visiting artist residency at CI that begins Sept. 26. Carbajal and Hori-Garcia will give 15 hours of instruction over the course of four days to students in an upper level Performing Arts class called Acting III: Performance Styles.

The Troupe incorporates a form of theater called “Commedia dell’arte,” which began in 16th century Italy and spread throughout Europe.

The Troupe does not perform silent mime, but each year creates an original musical comedy that combines melodrama, farce and Commedia dell’Arte, always with a topical political theme.

“What is particularly engaging for a university is that these methods are grounded in historical periods but performers use them to comment on contemporary issues,” said Associate Professor of Performing Arts Catherine Burriss, Ph.D. “It gives us a chance to study our history, engage with the present, and further our knowledge for the future.”

Burriss stressed that a solid understanding of performing arts has never been more relevant than it is in the 21st Century.

“In this day of the 24-hour news cycle and the saturation of new media, whether it’s a live audience, YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat, all performance is socially and politically engaged” Burriss said. “Performance is so much a part of how we communicate and how the media works and how politics works.”

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Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact Disability Resource Programs at 805-437-3331 or email as soon as possible, but no later than seven (7) business days prior to the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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