Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director
 

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The Habit of Art

A Very British Comedy by Alan Bennett (The History Boys)
July 31 - August 23rd
Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 800 PM; Saturday matinees at 300 pm
Eureka Theatre, (215 Jackson St at Front/Battery, SF, CA 94111) Map It

Theatre Rhino remounts its hit spring production of The Habit of Art. 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.

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Press Release (June 16, 2014)

Poster (July 15, 2014)

The Habit of Art Poster for summer run

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Production Photos

Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Kay, Donald Currie as Auden, Craig Souza as Carpenter, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Kay, Donald Currie as Auden, Craig Souza as Carpenter, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production at
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Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Kay, Craig Souza as Carpenter, Donald Currie as Auden, Justin Lucas as Stuart, Kathryn Wood as George, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Kay, Craig Souza as Carpenter, Donald Currie as Auden, Justin Lucas as Stuart, Kathryn Wood as George, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.
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Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Kay, Craig Souza as Carpenter, Donald Currie as Auden, Justin Lucas as Stuart, Kathryn Wood as George, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured: Justin Lucas as Stuart in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.

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Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Auden and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher;
a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Auden and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, aTheatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.
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Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Auden, John Fisher as Britten and Justin Lucas as Stuart in in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Auden, John Fisher as Britten and Justin Lucas as Stuart in in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.

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Pictured left to right: Craig Souza as Carpenter, Donald Currie as Auden and Justin Lucas as Stuart in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.

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Pictured: Donald Currie as Auden in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured: Donald Currie as Auden in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.

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Craig Souza as Carpenter in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher;
a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Craig Souza as Carpenter in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.

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Michael DeMartini as Neil in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher;
a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Michael DeMartini as Neil in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.

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Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Kay in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett; directed by John Fisher;
a Theatre Rhinoceros production ;
photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Kay in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher, a Theatre Rhinoceros production
photo by Kent Taylor.
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Publicity Photos

Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Auden and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production ; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Auden and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher
A Theatre Rhinoceros production
Photo by Kent Taylor
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Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Auden, Tamar Cohn as Kay, Michael DeMartini as Neil, Justin Lucas as Stuart, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production ; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Auden, Tamar Cohn as Kay, Michael DeMartini as Neil, Justin Lucas as Stuart, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher
A Theatre Rhinoceros production
Photo by Kent Taylor.

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Pictured left to right: Michael DeMartini as Neil and Tamar Cohn as Kay in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production ; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Michael DeMartini as Neil and Tamar Cohn as Kay in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher
A Theatre Rhinoceros production
Photo by Kent Taylor.

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Pictured: John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher
A Theatre Rhinoceros production
Photo by Kent Taylor
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Pictured left to right: Michael DeMartini as Neil, Justin Lucas as Stuart, and Donald Currie as Auden in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher
A Theatre Rhinoceros production
Photo by Kent Taylor.

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Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Kay, Michael DeMartini as Neil, John Fisher as Britten, Donald Currie as Auden, and Justin Lucas as Stuart in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher
A Theatre Rhinoceros production
Photo by Kent Taylor.

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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Stuart, Michael DeMartini as Neil, Tamar Cohn as Kay, Donald Currie as Auden, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett, directed by John Fisher
A Theatre Rhinoceros production
Photo by Kent Taylor.

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Headshots

Tamar Cohn

Tamar Cohn as Kay
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Donald Currie

Donald Currie as Auden
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Michael DeMartini

Michael DeMartini as Author
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John Fisher

John Fisher as Britten
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Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett -- Photo by Antony Crolla
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Alan Bennett
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W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten

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Habit of Art Returns - Watch the Promo Video.

 

The Critics Raved for this Production in the Spring!

"Theatre Rhino scores an "A" with this production, both for giving local audiences the opportunity to experience it, and by delivering it with such style.... Happily, Theatre Rhinoceros is providing local audiences the opportunity to see this challenging, insightful, and entertaining play in one of Rhino's classiest productions.... Director John Fisher has expertly staged this play of interwoven scenarios and complex staging."
Richard Dodds – Bay Area Reporter (BAR)


"The polished Bay Area premiere of “Habit of Art” at Theatre Rhinoceros offers an intriguing glimpse of how a play is formed — and much more…. John Fisher directs with careful attention to both of the plays’ comic and poignant nuances, and he and his actors are adept at differentiating, and inhabiting, their two roles."
Jean Schiffman – SF Examiner

"AN EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTION OF ALAN BENNETT’S THE HABIT OF ART.... A comic tour de force by Donald Currie playing Auden....
Donald Currie is outstanding as the unconventional Auden.  He makes you care about the character’s frailty and dried up talent while also playing an actor who can’t remember his lines and hates the way Auden is presented... John Fisher is superb, too as the pained, prissily fastidious Britten. He offers a prevailing echo of the tormented Britten. Tamar Cohn as the stage manager and Craig Souza as Carpenter are magnetic in their roles. Michael DeMartini is delightful as the frustrated playwright. Justin Lucas gives an exceptional performance as  Stuart, confused the rent boy. He gives a sterling speech at the end of the play when he complains “I want to get in. I want to join. I want to know” after hearing all of the intellectual repartee between the leading characters.... John Fisher's direction is sharp"
Richard Connema – For All Events

"Bennett’s dialog between Auden and Britten are handled brilliantly by Currie and Fisher... Alan Bennett’s latest play - is a paean to theatre as well as to W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten."
Kedar Adour – Theatre World / For All Events

"Without doubt, the evening belongs to Donald Currie, who gives a glowing performance as Fitz/Auden."
George Heymont

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 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.

Theatre Rhinoceros Offers 4 Premieres and a Special Event

Theatre Rhinocero's 2013-14 season offers plays by Alan Bennett, Laurinda D Brown, John Fisher, and Stephen Sondheim
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.

Press Release in pdf format

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