Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

Breaking the Code

by Hugh Whitemore

March 4 - 22, 2015

The Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson Street Map It

A gripping biographical drama about homosexual scientist Alan Turing, the eccentric genius who fought on two fronts.

Turing played a major role in winning the World War II, and he also battled with British morality. He broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee Nazi u-boat maneuvers.

Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was put on trial for breaking another code - the taboo against homosexuality.

Turing, who was also the first to conceive of and basically invent the computer, the machine that forever altered our modern world, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments which left him physically and mentally debilitated.

He died a suicide, forgotten and alone.

This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.

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John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Ron, John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Ron, John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Ron and John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Ron and John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Heren Patel as Nikos, John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Heren Patel as Nikos, John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Celia Maurice as Sara, Patrick Ross as Ross in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Celia Maurice as Sara, Patrick Ross as Ross in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Pat, Celia Maurice as Sara in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Pat, Celia Maurice as Sara in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Kirsten Peacock as Pat in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Kirsten Peacock as Pat in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Val Hendrickson as Knox in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Val Hendrickson as Knox in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Michael DeMartini as Smith in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Michael DeMartini as Smith in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Breaking The Code: The Alan Turing Story runs at Theatre Rhinoceros March 4 - 22.
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Publicity Photographs

Alan Turning
Alan Turing
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas (Ron) and John Fisher (Turing) and in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas (Ron) and John Fisher (Turing) and  in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock (Pat) and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock (Pat) and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.

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Michael DeMartini (Smith) and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson
Michael DeMartini (Smith) and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson

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Patrick Ross (Ross) and Michael DeMartini (Smith) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Patrick Ross (Ross) and Michael DeMartini (Smith) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: John Fisher (Turing) and Patrick Ross (Ross) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher (Turing) and Patrick Ross (Ross) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock (Pat), John Fisher (Turing), and Justin Lucas (Ron) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock (Pat), John Fisher (Turing), and Justin Lucas (Ron) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Val Hendrickson* (Knox), Kirsten Peacock (Pat), and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actor's Equity Association
Pictured left to right: Val Hendrickson* (Knox), Kirsten Peacock (Pat), and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actor's Equity Association
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Theatre Rhinoceros Offers 4 Premieres and a Special Event

Theatre Rhinocero's 2013-14 season poster

The Battle of Midway, lesbians in lock-up, Alan Turning, indoors, outdoors… It’s the 2014-15 Rhino Season! This season we present three premieres, three musicals, two dramas, one outdoor spectacle and a rollicking good time! Join us for thrills, spills, and trills! It’s our thirty-seventh anniversary season as the longest running queer theatre anywhere!

Theatre Rhino begins its “Season of Queer Adventure” with a premiere camp-musical by John Fisher and Don Seaver The Battle of Midway: Live! Onstage! and then we present the San Francisco premiere of David Mamet’s searing prison drama (about a lesbian inmate on the day of her possible parole) The Anarchist. But just before the opening of Mamet we have our annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular – this year a one show only presentation of Morris Bobrow’s hysterical musical Shopping! The season continues with the return to San Francisco, after many years, of Hugh Whitemore’s heart wrenching bio-drama about Alan Turing Breaking the Code: the story of the gay man who invented the computer and suffered persecution in the 1950s for breaking England’s sexual code. And finally we go outdoors for a musical extravaganza based on Shakespeare: Timon! The Musical!

Additional play information and season subscription offers are available on the 2014-15 Season page of the website.

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Press Photos

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Rosie the Riveter proclaiming "We Can Do It!"
Rosie the Riveter from "The Battle of Midway: Live! Onstage!"

 

David Mamet, author of "The Anarchist"
David Mamet, author of "The Anarchist"
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Alan Turning subject of "Breaking the Code" at age 16. Image from it.wikipedia.org, marked as unrestricted use.
Alan Turning subject of "Breaking the Code" at age 16

John Fisher, Creator of "The Battle of Midway: Live! Onstage!"
John Fisher, Creator of "The Battle of Midway: Live! Onstage!"

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!

More photos and information on the 2013 production of To Sleep and Dream.


John Fisher as Paul and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream.



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