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Michael Gene Sullivan is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright. As an actor and director his work includes productions with the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Magic, Marin, Eureka, and Lorraine Hansberry Theaters, Theatreworks, and the San Francisco and African American Shakespeare Companies, and has toured nationally and internationally.

As a playwright, Mr. Sullivan's political dramas, musicals, and satires include 1600 Transylvania Avenue, Mr. Smith Goes to Obscuristan (with Josh Kornbluth), Godfellas, Red State, Too Big to Fail, Possibilidad or The Death of the Worker, the all-woman farce Recipe, and his one person show, Did Anyone Ever Tell You -- You Look Like Huey P. Newton? Mr. Sullivan's plays have been performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the International Festival of Verbal Art (Berlin), The Hong Kong Arts Festival, and in Greece, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and in theaters throughout the United States.

In 1989 Mr. Sullivan became a member of the Tony and OBIE award-winning (and despite its misleading name never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he has acted in, directed, or written over 30 productions. In 2000 he became the Troupe's Resident Playwright, and has since written some of SFMT's most successful political comedies.

1984, (Available from is his critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopic novel of the oppressive present/future, had its world premiere in 2006 at the Actors' Gang, directed by Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins. After several extended runs in Los Angeles, 1984 has gone on to several national tours, as well as tours to Greece, Spain, Mexico, Australia, Hong Kong, Columbia, and Argentina. Published in English in 2013 Michael is currently working on the Catalan and Spanish translations of the script.

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Why I Use My Middle Name

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 5:40 PM

Sometimes people ask me why I use my whole name -- Michael Gene Sullivan.

Ten years ago my father, Gene Sullivan, passed away. He was a very interesting guy. Blazingly smart, fiercely political, extremely funny and oh-so-annoyingly logical. He was a Black software engineer who wanted to be the writer/cartoonist/theorist...

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We, the Cratchits

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 8:06 AM

So that was Christmas.

Like most people who grew up in Western culture, Christmas was always my favorite holiday. Not just for the gifts, but for the excitement -- the bustling of families getting together, kids who hadn't seen each other since last Christmas, the family dinners, the expectations...

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A Letter From a Concerned Believer

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 11:06 AM


Dear Editor:

As a lifelong Catholic I have looked forward, each year, to the revered Papal tradition of His Holiness The Pope celebrating the Last Supper Mass by washing the feet of 12 common men (not women, men). On...

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The Myth of American Exceptionalism

(173) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 6:02 PM

"Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it..."
--George Bernard Shaw

Vladimir Putin recently said America is not exceptional, and the flag-draped idiocracy has gone nuts. How dare he! And Putin's history of brutal lawlessness...

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Bread and Circuses

(4) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 5:07 PM

The reason most totalitarian governments have regular military parades is to inspire constant fear and awe in a populous that, without reminders of the terrible power of the government, might rise to challenge it. However another, much less noisy, way to quiet the masses is to lull them with luxuries....

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National Ricin Association Fights Back Against Restrictive Legislation

(5) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 11:36 AM

In a fiery speech Saturday before cheering supporters, the National Ricin Association's Duane LaPierre took on advocates for new poison laws and said a national background check bill "got the defeat that it deserved."

"We will never surrender our poison, never," LaPierre, the organization's executive vice president, said on the second day...

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I Hate Nazis. And I'm Okay With That

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Just saw a couple if Nazis in the Western Addition of San Francisco.

I hate Nazis.

Now, for anyone who feels the need to say some crap about how hating Nazis is the same as being a Nazi -- don't. Nazis hate Blacks and Jews and everyone else...

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Political Theater in a Box

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 11:45 AM

This letter is in response to an article in The New York Times, by Ben Brantley: "When Political Theater Feels Truly Dangerous," in which he asked for examples of engaging political theater in America.

"(Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker) ... is a brilliant work, combining tragedy and...

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Kung Fu, and the Presidency of Barack Obama

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2010 | 11:59 PM

"In combat, spontaneity rules; rote performance of technique perishes." -- Bruce Lee

Back when President Obama was Candidate Obama one of his most commented on talents was his style of dealing with seemingly impossible political situations. Turning negatives into positives, political traps into triumphs, pundits called it mojo, Birthers called...

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Bernard Sanders, United States Senator

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 4:07 PM

This is how a Senator sounds, this is what a Senator says. When you talk to your children about these difficult times in the future, and they ask what was our government doing, didn't anyone stand pin the Senate and speak for the working people, you can say yes...

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2 People Out of 10 Is Not a Tsunami

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 1:02 PM

Imagine you're in a room with 10 people. 2 of them decide that they constitute a majority, with a mandate for change. You wouldn't call them a political tsunami.

You'd call them nuts.

Out of every 100 Americans of voting age in this past election, about 42 voted. That's 4...

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Why Are We Paying to Kill Us?

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 11:39 AM

This whole BP leak -- watching the oily mess wash up on our shores, while also watching the equally oily petroleum company execs use their slick Washington influence to once again slip responsibility and regulations -- brings something else up.

We all know that much of America's policy -- foreign...

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International Workers Day

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 4:56 PM

Around the world, on May 1st, millions of men, women, and children will flood the streets of towns and cities, waving flags and joyously hurling songs to the sky. Laughing, marching, chanting, cheering. All over the globe masses of people will join for one day across national, racial, religious, and...

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Strange Bedfellows Abound as Conservatives Scramble to Delegitimize Un-American President.

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 3:54 PM

Dateline - Washington D.C.

In an unforeseen fulfillment of President Obama's pledge to bring Americans together, conservative groups across the country are reaching out to former political foes to fulfill their own pledge to free Americans from the oppression of being brought together.

"And this is not about race!" says...

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The Prince and the Wise Man

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2009 | 8:59 PM

That President Obama always seems surprised the right wing will do anything to destroy him reminds me of an old story.

A Prince, in torn and tattered clothes, falls at the feet of an old, wise man.

"Wise Man," he says, "my enemies have destroyed me! And...

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Capitalism - The Gift That Keeps On Taking: Part IV

(16) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 3:48 PM

Part Four in a finally ending series with which Michael puts the final nail in the coffin containing any hopes of being Facebook Friends with Larry Summers.

Part One: Most Americans are not capitalists. They might want to be capitalists, but no matter how much you, or that hardworking...

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Capitalism - the Gift That Keeps on Taking: Part II

(18) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 5:57 PM

Part two of a four-part series in which Michael guarantees he will never work for a Fortune 500 company.

From Part One:

Most Americans are not capitalists. They might want to be capitalists, but no matter how much you, or that hardworking barista, that well-paid techno-nerd, small...

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Capitalism - The Gift That Keeps On Taking - Part III

(6) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 1:05 PM

Capitalism - The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Part Three

Part three of a four part series in which Michael makes sure his in-laws' hopes of him finally landing a good, well paying job with a big company are totally squashed.

From Part Two:

"Every bust is proceeded by...

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Capitalism - the Gift That Keeps on Taking: Part I

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2009 | 2:36 PM

Part one of a four-part series in which Michael makes it clear why he's never been invited to a corporate brunch -- but he's not bitter.

What exactly is capitalism?

Some say it's the highest, most elegant economic structure upon which robust wealth for all can be built. Others...

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Experts Insist Recent Sightings of Mythical "Democratic Spine" Just Another Hoax

(15) Comments | Posted November 20, 2008 | 11:37 AM

Dateline. Washington, D.C.

Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster. Batboy. Throughout time there have always been those who insist they have seen mythical creatures, people who swear to the existence of phenomenon for which scientists say there is no tangible evidence, only hearsay, fable, legend.

But unlike the Abominable Snowman,...

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