Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

Theatre Rhino in 2005-6

 

The Philanderer by George Bernard Shaw

The Philanderer runs September 15 through October 15 The Philanderer

by George Bernard Shaw

Upstairs on the Main Stage

September 15 - October 15

Rhino takes you to the Ibsen Society where only unmanly men and unwomanly women are allowed.

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Philanderer Set
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The Philanderer The Philanderder
The Philanderder The Philanderer
The Philanderer The Philanderder
The Philanderder The Philanderder
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The Philanderer

Matt Weimer as Doctor Percy Paramore

The Philanderer

Libby O'Connell as Julia Craven

The Philanderer

Left to Right: Matt Weimer as Paramore, Libby O'Connell as Julia, Kathy Rentschler as Grace Tranfield, Donald Currie as Colonel Daniel Craven

The Philanderer

Kathy Rentschler as Grace

The Philanderer

Kathy Rentschler as Grace

Missives

Missives at Theatre Rhino October 27 through November 26 Missives

Written by Garret Jon Groenveld
Directed by Tracy Ward

World Premiere

October 27 - November 26

In this award-winning play, a white gay man and an African-American woman become unlikely best friends, obsessing over flowers, soap operas, and the men they love. How does their friendship survive an unexpected act of violence? And what is it about mistakes that we can't forgive?

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Missives

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Dawn-Elin Fraser and Kevin Crook.
Both actors are members of Actor's Equity.

Dawn-Elin Fraser as Lia and Ken Crook as Ben

Ken Crook as Ben and Dawn-Elin Fraser as Lia

Dawn-Elin Fraser as Lia, Ross Pasquale as Steven, and Alexandra Creighton as Trixi

Alexandra Creighton as Trixie and Dawn-Elin Fraser as Lia

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Not Even a Mouse

Not Even a Mouse

Not Even a Mouse

by Daniel Tobias

World Premiere in The Rhino Studio

December 2 - December 18

Mrs. Claus’ kitchen is the setting for this dark and elegant psychological thriller. The meek must outwit the villainous while tiptoeing the delicate edge of Edwardian propriety. Expect a shadowy atmosphere laden with rich repartee, thinly veiled passions, detailed Edwardian costumes and furniture, and, of course, murder.

Written by newcomer Daniel Tobias, Not Even a Mouse continues the suspenseful tradition of Angel Street, Night Must Fall, and Ladies in Retirement.

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Not Even a Mouse

Not Even a Mouse

From the author...

It's funny how casual moments collide with other casual moments to produce that ecstatic spark of "Yes! I know what I'm going to work on for the next six months!"

With Not Even a Mouse, a passing conversation with my brother about our fondness for Agatha Crhistie "cozy" mysteries led to the intriguing idea of treating Mrs. Claus like Jane Marple.

Intriguing, yes, but I soon realized that the stock characters of Agatha Christie's works — functional subjects whose purpose is to serve the plot — was not my cut of tea. I love puzzles, but I love the human experience even more.

A year later, sitting in a car in the Castro with Marshall, another casual moment occurred: the idea of having Marshall play Mrs. Claus. It was then that it struck me: I cold only do justice to Marshall's depth, enormous imagination, and commitment to emotional truth, not to mention warmth of soul, if the mystery Mrs. Claus experienced was an emotional journal where the personal stakes were high — not merely an intellectual puzzle solved at an emotional distance. It had to be an ordeal — with tragedy at its heart.

Not Even a Mouse unfolded from my fingers in two-and-a-half weeks, and the troops were soon gather to bring it to life. I hope you are as moved by this devoted cast and crew as I am.

— Daniel Tobias

Marga Gomez's New Year's Eve Spectacular

Marga Gomez

Marga Gomez's New Year's Eve Spectacular

December 31st at 7 and 9 pm

La Marga is back to rock in the new Year with her saucy, salacious stand-up. Join the Rhino crowd on another journey into the private world of America's favorite queer comedian.

For More Marga...

At the Victoria Theatre across the street at 2961 16th Street

December 31 at 7 and 9 pm

Before she opens Off-Broadway in 2006, Marga Gomez will raise a glass and cash for Theater Rhinoceros in “Marga Gomez’s New Years Eve Spectacular.”

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Marga Gomez celebrates New Year's Eve with Theatre Rhino

Marga Gomez celebrates the New Year at Theatre Rhino

Marga Gomez performs New Year's Eve at Theatre Rhino

Margot Gomez Celebrates New Year's Eve at Theatre Rhino

Margot Gomez - Your New Year's Eve Dream Date at Theatre Rhino

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Bent

 Bent at Theatre Rhino December 8 through January 7

Bent

by Martin Sherman

December 8 - January 7

In Nazi Germany three homosexuals flee for their lives and discover the true nature of pride in the midst of living horror. Bent remains one of the most shocking and moving testaments to the power of the individual in the face of overwhelming oppression.

In the Upstairs Theater

December 10 - January 7 (Previews December 8 - 9)

San Francisco’s longest-running queer theatre presents Martin Sherman’s modern classic of love in a dangerous time, Bent, directed by John Fisher. Set in Nazi Germany, Bent centers on Max, a party-boy who learns to love against all odds.

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* indicates performer is a member of Actors' Equity

 

Kevin Clark and Clayton B. Hodges
Kevin Clarke and Clayton B. Hodges*

 

Bent: Clayton B. Hodges and Enrique Vallejo
Clayton B. Hodges* and Enrique Vallejo

 

Bent: Michael Vega, Clayton B. Hodges, and Enrique Vallejo
Michael Vega, Clayton B. Hodges*, and Enrique Vallejo

Bent: Matt Weimer, Clayton B. Hodges, and Enriquie Vallejo

Matt Weimer, Clayton B. Hodges*, and Enrique Vallejo

 

Bent: Paul Dana, Damian Lanahan-Kalish, Clayton B. Hodges, and Enrique Vallejo

Standing: Paul Dana, Damian Lanahan-Kalish
Seated: Clayton B. Hodges*
Dead: Enrique Vallejo

 

Bent: Kevin Clarke and Clayton B. Hodges

Kevin Clarke and Clayton B. Hodges*

Bent at Theatre Rhino

Clayton B. Hodges*, Enrique Vallejo, and Michael Vega

Bent at Theatre Rhino

Bent Poster

Pierre Seel, author of I, Pierre Seel, Deported HomosexualPierre Seel

This production of Bent is dedicated to the memory of Pierre Seel, who was persecuted by the Nazis as a homosexual during the German occupation of France, 1940-1945. Pierre Seel died on November 25, 2005. He was inspired to write his life story, I Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual, by an article he read about Bent in the early 1980's. He also figures as one of the men interviewed in the documentary Paragraph 175.

 

Pierre Seel, Outspoken Gay Concentration Camp Survivor, Dies in France at Age 82, by Gerard Koshovich

The Memorial de la Deportation Homosexuelle, the French national group that commemorates the homosexual victims of the Nazis, has announced the death of Pierre Seel on November 25 at age 82 in Toulouse, France. Mr. Seel was noted as the most outspoken of the gay survivors of Nazi Persecution. Of some 200 homosexual men sent to the concentration camps, he was the only one to recount his experience publicly.

Mr. Seel was recognized internationally for his book, I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror, released in French in 1994 and subsequently published in English, German, and Spanish, and for his deeply moving testimony in the documentary Paragraph 175, directed by award-winning San Francisco film makers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Mr. Seel had worked closely with the Memorial de la Deportation Homosexuelle since it was founded in 1989.

In 1941, at the age of 17, Mr. Seel was seized by the Nazis in his boyhood hometown of Mulhouse in Alsace because his name appeared on a list of suspected homosexuals compiled by the local French police; the Nazis had invaded Alsace and annexed the territory in 1940, declaring it to be part of Germany and imposing Paragraph 175, the German law forbidding male homosexual behavior.

Mr. Seel was violently tortured by the SS, then sent to the Schirmeck-Vorbrueck concentration camp. During his internment, he was forced to witness the murder of this 18-year-old partner, who was torn to shred by dogs on the order of the camp authorities. After six months of severe privation and brutality, Mr. Seel was released, only to be drafted into the German army and sent to the Russian Front.

Following the Second World War, Mr. Seel returned to France. As with many homosexuals at the time, he married and founded a family. For nearly four decades, he remained painfully silent about his suffering at the hands of the Nazi's anti-homosexual policies.

Historians estimate that the Nazi regime sent a total of 5,000 to 15,000 men from Germany and the annexed territories to concentration camps specifically on charges of homosexuality; the majority of those men perished before the liberation of the camps in 1945. With the death of Mr. Seel, only a handful of homosexual former internees are known to be alive anywhere in the world.

Mr. Seel is survived by his partner, Eric Feliu, of Toulouse; by his wife, from whom he had been separated since 1978; and by two sons and a daughter. After funeral services, he was buried November 28 in the cemetery of Bram in the department of Aude in France. The Memorial de la Deportation Homosexuelle is currently making plans for public commemorations to be held in Paris and Toulouse in early 2006.

Joey Landwehr is The Boy Next Door

Joey Landwehr is the Boy Next Door

Joey Landwehr is
The Boy Next Door:
The Music & Lyrics of Christopher Jackson

January 7 at 8 pm (One Night Only!)

The Boy Next Door runs the gamut from hysterically funny to poignantly moving and features such songs as "Answering Machine" (trying to get your entire life story in before the beep) and "Session With a Therapist" (in which our hero bemoans the fact that his latest crush is on the cartoon version of Aladdin!).

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Take Me for a Ride... Cute Girl!

Take Me For a Ride... Cute Girl

The Amazing Conclusion of
Take Me For A Ride... Cute Girl

by Karole Langlois

January 26 - February 25

The amazing conclusion of Take me for a ride… cute girl!, The Rhino’s hit lesbian one-act from 2005, takes you behind the scenes of an all-girl cast at the world’s longest running Queer Theatre to show you what really happens, backstage… and during rehearsal… and at the bar… and in a couple of bathrooms…

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Take Me for a Ride... Cute Girl

The amazing conclusion of Take me for a ride… cute girl!, The Rhino’s hit lesbian one-act from 2005, takes you behind the scenes of an all-girl cast at the world’s longest running Queer Theatre to show you what really happens, backstage… and during rehearsal… and at the bar… and in a couple of bathrooms…

Show times:

January 26 - February 25 (previews January 26 and 27th)

Wednesdays –  Saturdays @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 7:00 pm  (1/29)
Sundays Matinee @ 3:00 pm 

Take me for a ride…cute girl! is written by Karole Langlois, directed by Melissa Ososke, and features Holly Chou, Karole Langlois, Natalia Miner, Heather O’Brien, and Kathy Rentschler.

The Cockivores will perform after four selected performances (January 28, February 10, 17, and 24). The Cockivores explore perversion, gender, politics, sexual orientation, vulnerability, community building, spirituality, and amusement in the ever-evolving, campy drag performance style of tear-away costumes, lip-synching, and super sexy, titillating dance moves.

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Karole Langlois, Kathy Rentschler and Holly Chou
Karole Langlois, Kathy Rentschler and Holly Chou

 

Heather O'Brien and Karole Langlois
Top to Bottom: Heather O'Brien and Karole Langlois

 

Kathy Rentschler and Karole Langlois
Kathy Rentchler and Karole Langlois

Take Me for a Ride, Cute Girl
Heather O'Brien, Natalia Miner, Karole Langlois,
Kathy Renchler and Holly Chou

Take Me for a Ride, Cute Girl
Kathy Rentchler and Karole Langlois

 

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Take Me for a Ride... Cute Girl!

Family Jewels: The Making of Veronica Klaus

Family Jewels: The Making of Veronica Klaus

Family Jewels: The Making of Veronica Klaus

March 2 - April 1 April 15

Family Jewels is the comprehensive account of Veronica’s life adventure. A story largely untold until now, Veronica’s performance uses story and song to illustrate the humor, passion and human drama of her unique journey. She is the REAL Transamerica.

 

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Veronica Klaus

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Veronica Klaus

Veronica Klaus

Veronica Klaus

Veronica Klaus

Veronica Klaus

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Schönberg

Schoenberg Schönberg

by John Fisher

April 20 - May 20

World Premiere

During Hollywood's Golden Era wisecracking Oscar Levant starts taking music lessons from legendary iconoclast composer Arnold Schönberg. Schönberg explores the relationship between these polar opposites and the impact their story has on a contemporary gay man. What is it about opposites that attract? And what in us is drawn to self-destruction, adventure and eventual self-defeat?

April 22 - May 20 (Previews April 20 and 21)

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm
Sunday, April 23rd at 7 pm, additional Sundays at 3 pm

World Premiere

Schönberg: During Hollywood's Golden Era wisecracking Oscar Levant starts taking music lessons from legendary iconoclast composer Arnold Schönberg. Schönberg explores the relationship between these polar opposites and the impact their story has on a contemporary gay man. What is it about opposites that attract? And what in us is drawn to self-destruction, adventure, and eventual self-defeat?

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Schoenberg

John Fisher as Arnold Schönberg


Schoenberg

Left to right: John Fisher as Arthur Schönberg, Matthew Martin as Oscar Levant


Schoenberg

Left to right: John Fisher as Arthur Schönberg, Matthew Martin as Oscar Levant

 

Schoenberg

Schoenberg

Schoenberg

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Magical Acts Ritual Theater Presents

Corpus Christi

Written by Terrence McNally
Directed by Angelique Heddings

June 1 - 4 and 8 - 11

This is a retelling of the Passion Play, the story of Christ's life and death - this time in a 20th century setting and from a gay perspective. 

The story is familiar to many - the text fully admits that there's "no suspense and fewer surprises." But even a student of the scriptures will find fresh new life breathed into these oft-told stories of wanderings, weddings, healings, exorcisms, conversions, and miracles of the heart. A careful student may also notice the subtle symbolism and artful allusion McNally has hidden in the seemingly simple text.

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Corpus Christi



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