The San Fransisco Mime Troupe performs a socialist musical

For the Fourth of July, the San Francisco Mime Troupe performed a political musical, “Seeing Red,” in Dolores Park for the San Francisco Labor Fest.

Starring Lisa Hori-Garcia, Keiko Shimosato Carriero and Michael Gene Sullivan, “Seeing Red” tells the story of Bob, a forgotten vet of the Afghanistan War, who is unsatisfied with the current president. Bob was an Obama and Trump voter, but believes that all politicians are liars and that the system is rigged.

Throughout the musical, she time travels between 1912 when socialism in the United States was taking off and 1920 after the first World War. Bob meets significant people in these time periods who felt similarly and thought the leaders were not doing what was best for the working class.

Bob discovered that she has more in common with these people than she thought and wondered, “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?”

According to Shimosato Carriero, the troupe premiers their productions on the Fourth of July every year.

“It’s really important to celebrate the independence of our nation, but from the standpoint of being a patriot by speaking out about what the ills are in our society and what we want to change and improve,” Shimosato Carriero said.

The performance of “Seeing Red” drew hundreds of people, including political clubs and groups such as the San Francisco Berniecrats club.

“I wanted to be out here representing my club,” Berniecrats membership officer Denis Geary Lopez said. “We also co-endorsed onto this event with a bunch of other progressive organizations too.”

The touring of the San Francisco Mime Troupe draws communities closer together, and the actors feel a special bond with their audience, Shimosato Carriero said.

“We come out here and set up the stage in the morning, sometimes I think, maybe nobody will come this year,” Shimosato Carriero said. “Then when everybody shows up, it feels good to remember that there are this many people that care about, you know, our issues.”