Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

San Francisco Live Queer Theater

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Crackpot Crones and Theatre Rhinoceros Present

Hick: A Love Story

By Terry Baum and Pat Bond
Directed by Carolyn Myers
July 10 - 27, 2014
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8pm; Sundays @ 3pm
New Show Added Sunday June 20th at 7pm
Eureka Theatre (215 Jackson Street)Map It

Eleanor Roosevelt wrote 2,336 letters to the great love of her life, Lorena Hickok.  Inspired by those letters, The Crackpot Crones and Theatre Rhinoceros present Terry Baum in a solo play.

Lorena Hickok was the most famous woman reporter of her day when she was assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt during the 1933 Presidential campaign. Hick and Eleanor fell in love.

It was the best and worst thing that ever happened to Hick. She chose to sacrifice her own career and happiness to support the woman she loved, who became one of the greatest American woman of the 20th Century.

All tickets to all performances are free! But, reservations are requested. More info in the press release.

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The Habit of Art
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Return Engagement!

The Habit of Art

A Very British Comedy by Alan Bennett (The History Boys)
July 31 - August 23rd
Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 800 PM; Saturday matinees at 300 pm
Eureka Theatre, (215 Jackson St at Front/Battery, SF, CA 94111) Map It

Theatre Rhino remounts its hit spring production of The Habit of Art. Alan Bennett’s new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

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The Critics Raved for this Production in the Spring!

"Theatre Rhino scores an "A" with this production, both for giving local audiences the opportunity to experience it, and by delivering it with such style.... Happily, Theatre Rhinoceros is providing local audiences the opportunity to see this challenging, insightful, and entertaining play in one of Rhino's classiest productions.... Director John Fisher has expertly staged this play of interwoven scenarios and complex staging."
Richard Dodds – Bay Area Reporter (BAR)


"The polished Bay Area premiere of “Habit of Art” at Theatre Rhinoceros offers an intriguing glimpse of how a play is formed — and much more…. John Fisher directs with careful attention to both of the plays’ comic and poignant nuances, and he and his actors are adept at differentiating, and inhabiting, their two roles."
Jean Schiffman – SF Examiner

"AN EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTION OF ALAN BENNETT’S THE HABIT OF ART.... A comic tour de force by Donald Currie playing Auden....
Donald Currie is outstanding as the unconventional Auden.  He makes you care about the character’s frailty and dried up talent while also playing an actor who can’t remember his lines and hates the way Auden is presented... John Fisher is superb, too as the pained, prissily fastidious Britten. He offers a prevailing echo of the tormented Britten. Tamar Cohn as the stage manager and Craig Souza as Carpenter are magnetic in their roles. Michael DeMartini is delightful as the frustrated playwright. Justin Lucas gives an exceptional performance as  Stuart, confused the rent boy. He gives a sterling speech at the end of the play when he complains “I want to get in. I want to join. I want to know” after hearing all of the intellectual repartee between the leading characters.... John Fisher's direction is sharp"
Richard Connema – For All Events

"Bennett’s dialog between Auden and Britten are handled brilliantly by Currie and Fisher... Alan Bennett’s latest play - is a paean to theatre as well as to W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten."
Kedar Adour – Theatre World / For All Events

"Without doubt, the evening belongs to Donald Currie, who gives a glowing performance as Fitz/Auden."
George Heymont

"Six stars [out of six] and six glasses of champagne!"
Lee Hartgrave - For All Events.

Habit of Art Returns - Watch the Promotional Video

 

 
 

Catherine Brannigan Honored

Congratulations to Theatre Rhinoceros Board President Catherine Brannigan for winning the Distinguished Philanthropist Award at Blushing Orchid Ball in June, 2014. Catherine was honored for all her good work on behalf of The Rhino, the LGBT Community at large, and the San Francisco Health Care Community .

Catherine Brannigan with the distinguished Philanthropist Award
Catherine Brannigan holding her award,
flanked by Brian Sharber and Davis Gaines

 

John Fisher as Paul and
Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in
To Sleep and Dream.
Theatre Rhino Playwright Honored

To Sleep and Dream
by John Fisher

Wins San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (SFBATCC)
Excellence in Theater, 2013
Best Original Script

Award presented to John Fisher, May 5, 2014.

SFBATCC is a private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and serving theatres of all types and sizes in the greater region by recognizing excellence and outstanding achievement in the field.

Active since 1976, the Circle consists of reviewers in all nine Bay Area counties, across various media, who are voted into membership by existing members based on the quality and consistency of their reviews. The Circle hosts an annual awards ceremony each Spring to celebrate superior work in the previous year.

SFBATCC named To Sleep and Dream byJohn Fisher the best script of 2013 at the awards banquet May 5th. Congratulations, John!


 

Theatre Rhinoceros is Running into the Future

WE’RE THIRTY-SIX AND STILL THE LONGEST-RUNNING AND MOST ADVENTUROUS LGBT THEATRE ANYWHERE!

This year we’re thirty-six and still the longest-running and most adventurous LGBT theatre on the planet! Your generous donations last year helped us achieve another record year of donor support! It also helped us put the most adventurous, professional and entertaining gay-lesbian product onstage. Thank you! In these challenging economic times we still need your help.

Please keep the Rhino a long-running hit with a generous donation this year »

 

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.
 
Castro Street Fair Auditions

Castro Street Fair Auditions

Meet the Next Queer Stars!

See Auditioners for The Rhino at the Castro Street Fair.
The scenes are from All About Eve and A Streetcar Named Desire

 
 

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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