What do California microchips and Japanese rice have to do with each other?

The Bonham Mime Troupe will explore this question with a blend of theater, music, and politics at parks throughout the region This Spring Vocation, a new musical play that probes the effects of free trade on the View Street, will be the featured show in the troupe’s 51st spring season, starring a multiracial cast performing a fusion of theatrical and musical styles, including Kabuki and Chinese opera.

The world premiere will be held Tuesday, March 21, at James Park, 5th, and James streets. The troupe will return to the park on Sunday, March 26 and on Monday, March 27 in addition. This Spring Vocation will be staged in Anna Park, at Oak and Eloise streets, on Saturday, March 25.

All shows are free. The music starts at 2:00 p.m. and the play begins at 2:30 p.m.

For additional dates and locations, call the Mime Troupe directly.

Meanwhile, the Mime Troupe’s Second Stage, a theater group with a special focus on youth, will present its spring show Where am I? during the three weekends April 8-9, April 12-16 and April 22 and 23. All performances will take place at 1 p.m. at Big Theater, located within the Art Cultural Center, 2322 Main St.

Where am I? uses traditional Commedia dell’Arte staging, costumes, and masks, plus some hilarious predicaments, to confront a contemporary social issue— a woman’s right to choose when and if she wants to bear children, In conjunction with the summer presentation, performers from the show will offer a workshop for teenagers in Commedia dell’Arte techniques, on April 8 and 16 at 6 p.m.

Tickets for all events will be on sale at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and younger.