Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

San Francisco Live Professional Queer Theater

GLAAD Media Award Winner
"Theatre Rhinoceros continues to stage the best, most thought provoking new plays in the Bay Area.” — Vince Media

The Brothers Size runs at San Francisco's queer theater September 24 - October 15


by Peter Shaffer
directed by John Fisher
November 25 - December 10

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It

Theatre Bay Area Recommended Production

The explosive play about suppressed sexuality that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of modern drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence. 

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Equus is the Theatre Pick of SF Gate!

Hear the Interview with John Fisher with DJ Marilyn on Let Me Touch Your Mind, KPOO radio.

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Critical Acclaim!

"Young Alan Strang and his three horses are erotic, dramatic and excellent in Theatre Rhinoceros winter production. Morgan superb as the troubled 17-year-old Alan."

— Vince Mediaa

"Morgan Lange does an extradordinary performance creating a young man who is both unique and troubled ... John Fisher gives a superlative performance as Martin... Rudy Guerrero plays four roles [and] is pitch perfect...Ann Lawler in three roles, gives a splendid performance; and Iris Haas Biel, especially as the sexually exploratory stable girl, Jill, gives a sensual performance."

— Richard Connema, Talkin' Broadway

"Hot-Blooded Equus Intrigues.. Fisher stands among giants in the role of Dysart, a character played by Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins, and Leonard Nimoy. Fisher tackles the role, full speed ahead through psychological intrigue, erotic exhibition, and Dysart’s sexual frustration."

— Daniel Lilly,


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215 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94111


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Theatre Rhinoceros in the Castro at the Museum

The Drama of Our History

Theatre Rhino will present a series of readings at The GLBT Historical Society Museum and Archives, 4127 18th Street in San Francisco.

Readings are FREE and open to Everyone!

The 2017 schedule will be announced soon.

Monday, December 5, 7 p.m.
Juanita's Statue, by Anne Garcia-Romero.  This is a queering of the kind of farce produced during the Golden Age of Spanish Theatre (roughly 1590-1681).  A woman caught in bed with a young man betrothed to a suitable young bride has to put on his clothes to escape the wrath of his father.  She spends a day as a man, as the young man's family seeks to catch her.  During that day, numerous people (the young bride, a gay couple, her female best friend) fall in love with her/him.  Directed by Erin Washington.

Monday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Bahala Na, by Clarence Coo.  A young Chinese/Filipino man and his husband are about to adopt a baby, but he can't tear himself away from the side of his ailing and unconscious grandmother.  The family disapproves of the young man's gay lifestyle (and his partner), but through the dreams of the grandmother, we see that she, too, has been pushing against gender restrictions her whole life. Directed by Alan Quismorio.

Monday, October 3, 7 p.m.
Oedipus at Palm Springs, by the Five Lesbian Brothers. A queering of an old tale, as the title indicates.  Set at a lesbian B&B in Palm Springs, a group of middle-aged friends gather for a holiday.  One brings along her much younger girlfriend.  One too many secrets is revealed.  Directed by Kathryn Wood.

Tuesday, September 6, 7 p.m.
Whale Riding Weather, by Bryden MacDonald. This is a "Pinter-esque" play about three men in an apartment: an older man with a young kept boy; and another young man who wants to get the kept boy out of the apartment.  It's suffocating and dysfunctional and kind of delicious.  It also represents (we think) a kind of queer drama that was being written in the late eighties and nineties, and is an important part of our history/culture.  Directed by Craig Souza.

Monday, August 1, 7 p.m.
The Bat, by Avery Hopwood and Mary Robert Reinhart.  This play from the 1920s was one of the most popular of Hopwood's, who was the most successful playwright of his time.  He was also gay, though none of that could be explicit in his writing.  However, we've engaged a Hopwood scholar to direct, and he feels with just a couple of gender alterations of the character list, it will become pretty gay.  The story line is a murder mystery/who-done-it, but this will be an example of reclaiming and queering our own history/culture.  Directed by Jack Sharrar.

Tuesday, July 5, 7 p.m.
Swollen Tongues, by Kathleen Oliver.  This is a queering of Restoration Comedy (roughly 1660-1710 in England), including being written in rhyming couplets.  It explores mistaken identities and "transgressive circulation of desire" as when the lead lesbian character competes with her brother for the love of the same woman.  Directed by Nick Gabriel.


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Gertrude Stein and a Companion

By Win Wells
Directed by Kathryn L. Wood and John Fisher
December 28-January 8

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It

"They were regular in being gay…they were gay the same length of time every day, they were gay, they were quite regularly gay.”

The Love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas takes the stage in this witty and romantic account of their life together.

GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION won first prize at both the Edinburgh Festival and the Theatre Festival in Sydney, Australia, as well as the Vita Award in South Africa as Best Play. The love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas takes the stage in this witty and romantic account of their life together.

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Thank you, Donors!

Theatre Rhinoceros is very lucky to have generous patrons that support the production of queer theatre in San Francisco.

Thank you!

See more scenes from our 2016 donor appreciaton party.

Rhino Artist Ryan Engstrom at the 2016 Donor Party
Rhino Artist Ryan Engstrom at the 2016 Donor Party


GayPocket FUNdraiser

Thank you GayPocket San Francisco for benefitting Theatre Rhino at the 2016 Cover Model competition at the Cinch May 1st.

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The Rhino Wins Two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (BATCC) Awards for "Shakespeare Goes to War"!!

11 Nominations! Two Wins!

Congratulations to the Winners...

  • For Set Design:
    Jon Wai-keung Lowe for Shakespeare Goes to War
  • For Sound Design:
    John Fisher for Shakespeare Goes to War
Curtain VCall

We Made the List!

Thank you to SFist Daily for recognizing Theatre Rhinoceros in its September, 2015 list of Best Local Theaters in the Bay Area.

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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