|The Habit of Art 2013-14 Season|
|The Habit of Art|
Bay Area Premiere
A Very British Comedy by Alan Bennett (The History Boys)
Tickets go on sale February 6th!
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.
Alan Bennett has been one of the leading English-language dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including Forty Years On, The Lady In The Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III(together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. At the National Theatre, The History Boys won Evening Standard, Critics' Circle, and Olivier awards, and the South Bank Award. On Broadway it won five New York Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics' Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics' Award for Best Play, a New York Drama League Award, and six Tonys including Best Play. The film of The History Boys was released in 2006. Mr. Bennett's latest play, The Habit of Art, toured successfully after its run at The National Theatre. The History Boys has recently completed its second tour out of Bath (Bath Theatre Royal Productions) and The Madness of George III opens at Bath this summer. Mr. Bennett has recently been awarded the Prix Europeen de la SACD.
Theatre Rhinoceros produced the American premiere of Single Spies in 2004 starring local theatre legend Jeffrey Hartgraves as Guy Burgess.
Reviews of Previous Productions
"5 STARS! A new play by Alan Bennett is a dramatic treat like nothing else. It's like sipping champagne in a big armchair beside a crackling fire...carries you along in a wave of pleasure." - Mail on Sunday
"5 STARS! A brilliantly written and delicate duel of mutual wariness." - Daily Express
"5 STARS! Alan Bennett's immaculate new play-within-a-play has the audience bawling with laughter throughout...This sad, funny, whimsical piece about age and fading dreams is immaculately executed and represents the National [Theatre] at its very best." The Sunday Telegraph
Theatre Rhinoceros Offers 4 Premieres and a Special Event
The longest running queer theatre anywhere announces its 36th season will begin with a premiere family drama by John Fisher, To Sleep and Dream. Then the Rhino will present the San Francisco premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s only gay musical, Road Show.
The season continues with another SF Premiere, The Habit of Art, Alan Bennett’s witty bioplay of gay Brits W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten and his humorous glimpse backstage at the Royal National Theatre. The Rhino then has its annual Benefit with all your LGBT favorites, and the season wraps up with a fun and funny journey into the lives of young African-American lesbians: Laurinda D. Brown’s Walk Like a Man (based on her Lambda Award winning book.)
Additional play information and season subscription offers are available on the 2013-14 Season page of the website.