Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

San Francisco Live Queer Theater

"Breaking the Code: The Allen Turning Story" returns for a limited engagement

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Theatre Rhinoceros' 38th Season Starts November 4th!

GLAAD Media Award Winner

Two premieres, two classics, a musical - five shows and a whole lot of fun.

It’s the 2015-16 Rhino season.

Shakespeare Goes to War
By John Fisher
Everything I know about Shakespeare I learned from my High School drama teacher. This is his story.
Thick House, 1695 18th Street, SF, 94107
November 4 – November 29, 2015
World Premiere

Are We Almost There? The Travel Musical
Written and Directed by Morris Bobrow
A rip-roaring adventure through the world of travel.
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, SF, 94111
December 31, 2015 @ 8 pm – ONE SHOW ONLY!
The 2015 Rhino New Year’s Eve Spectacular

A Song at Twilight
By Noel Coward
The Master’s last play is also his frankest about himself and his love life.
Z Below, 460 Florida Street, SF 94110
January 20-31, 2016 – TWO WEEKS ONLY!
Part I of Our Coward Celebration

The Call
By Tanya Barfield
Directed by Jon Wai-keung Lowe
A happy couple. Should they conceive or should they adopt? And what do their lesbian friends think? And the strange man from Africa, what’s his advice?
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, SF, 94111
February 20 – March 12, 2016
West Coast Premiere

Present Laughter
By Noel Coward
Noel Coward thinks the world of himself. And so do all his girlfriends and boyfriends. 
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, SF, 94111
May 21 – June 19, 2016
Part II of Our Coward Celebration


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The World Premiere of "Shakespeare Goes to War" kicks off the season.  Graphic by David Wilson.
The World Premiere of Shakespeare Goes to War kicks off the season.
Graphic by David Wilson.

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Shakespeare Goes to War

a New Comedy-Drama By John Fisher

November 4 to 28th
Wed. – Thurs. @ 730 PM; Fri. – Sat. @ 800 PM
Saturday Matinees @ 300 PM
Tuesday Night performances 11/17 and 11/24 ONLY @ 700 PM

At Thick House (1695 18th Street, at Arkansas, SF, CA  94107) Map It

It’s the 1970s and Jack goes off to high school unsure of himself and his place in the world. There he meets his great inspiration, an English teacher named Harry Smith. Harry introduces him to Shakespeare, acting, and the magic of theatre.

Harry also shares his experiences of being a prisoner of war in a German prison camp during World War II. There he met his own surprising inspiration: the crafty and deceptive Colonel Klambach, camp commandant.

The play is set in the P.O.W. camp in 1944 and at Jack’s high school in 1978.

1978 was the time of the notorious Brigg’s Initiative. The Brigg’s Initiative, a ballot proposition designed to fire all gay public school teachers, threatens Harry’s career. As Harry faces his own challenges in the past and the present, Jack learns that he might be able to help Harry, through his use of a surprising weapon – Shakespeare.

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  Thank you to SFist Daily for recognizing Theatre Rhinoceros in its September, 2015 list of Best Local Theaters in the Bay Area.
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In Memoriam: José Julio Sarria (1923-2013)

We were saddened to hear of the passing of the great activist José Sarria.

In 2010 and again in 2011 we proudly presented a play about his life and struggles. One of the treats of that production was having him come see the show and getting to meet the man himself.

José blessed us in life and he will go on blessing all of us forever. His generosity and determination are an inspiration to all gay artists and activists.

SexRev by Kent Taylor
José Sarria and John Fisher
from José 's special appearance at an April 28, 2010 performance of
"SexRev: The José Sarria Experience"
Tom Orr in "SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience" .  Photo by Kent Taylor
Tom Orr in "SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience"
Photo by Kent Taylor.
 Tom Orr and Michael Vega in "SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience" Written and Directed by John Fisher. Photos by Kent Taylor.
Tom Orr and Michael Vega in "SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience"
Photo by Kent Taylor.

Foundations Supporting Theatre Rhinoceros

Theatre Rhinoceros is funded by the generosity of the following organizations:

San Francisco Grants for the Arts


The The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


The San Francisco Art Commission


The Dramatists Guild


The Zellerbach Family Foundation


The James Hormel Foundation


The Horizons Foundation


The Bob Ross Foundation


The Walmart Foundation


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