Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

San Francisco Live Professional Queer Theater

GLAAD Media Award Winner

The Brothers Size runs at San Francisco's queer theater September 24 - October 14
Pictured left to right: Gabriel Christian as Oshoosi, Julian Green as Elegba, and Lakeidrick S. Wimberly as Ogun in The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Eureka Theater. Photo by Steven Ho.
Gabriel Christian as Oshoosi, Julian Green as Elegba, and Lakeidrick S. Wimberly as Ogun in
The Brothers Size

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Limited Engagement

The Brothers Size

by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by Darryl V. Jones
September 24 – October 15, 2016

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It

Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou, and West African mythology swirl together in this treasured theatrical event that will leave you breathless. A hot-blooded, music-filled drama from one of the country's most exciting queer African-American voices.

In the Louisiana bayou, big brother Ogun Size is hardworking and steady. Younger brother Oshoosi is just out of prison and finding himself. The wily Elegba, Oshoosi's old prison-mate, is a mysterious and seductive complication. A simple circle defines a world that begins in ritual and evolves into a tough and tender drama of what it means to be a brother by birth and to be a brother out of desire.

Flights of poetry, music, dance and West African mythology combine in a contemporary tale that explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.

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Join Theatre Rhinoceros for its 39th Anniversary Season

A whole new season of LGBT plays all performed at our new home The Eureka Theatre in beautiful Downtown San Francisco! Join us for a wild ride in 2016-17!

The Brothers Size
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Darryl V. Jones
Flights of poetry, music, dance and West African mythology combine in a contemporary tale that explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.
September 24 – October 15, 2016
Eureka Theatre

Equus
By Peter Shaffer
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.
November 25 – December 11, 2016
Eureka Theatre

Gertrude Stein and a Companion
By Win Wells
The love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas takes the stage in this witty and romantic account of their life together. 
December 28, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Eureka Theatre

A Rhino Tradition
The New Year’s Eve Spectacular
The stars of Foodies and Shopping return for an evening of song and comedy to ring in the New Year.
December 31, 2016 – One Show Only!
Eureka Theatre

World Premiere
Ding Dong!
By John Fisher
A San Francisco drag party turns into a crazy evening of self-discovery. Ding Dong! And another drag queen comes through the door. 
February 27 – March 19, 2017
Eureka Theatre

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
The Musical
By Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
The glorious musical adventure about trannies, drag shows, Down Under, and what we will do for love.
May 27 – July 2, 2017
Eureka Theatre

Special Event

Lear!
An Outdoor Shakespeare Adventure
In the spirit of Titus! And Timon!, The Rhino takes to the park once again for another walkabout production. A Co-Production of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. 

July 7-9, 2017
Yerba Buena Gardens

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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!

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.

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, 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.

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.

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, 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.

 
 

Thank you, Donors!

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

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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
 
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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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