Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

Theatre Rhino’s 2013-14 Season

Four Premieres and a Special Event!

It’s our thirty-sixth anniversary season as the longest-running queer theatre anywhere!

We begin our 36th Anniversary Season with a premiere family drama by John Fisher, To Sleep and Dream, and then we 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.

We then have our 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.)

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Upcoming in the 2013-14 Season

The Habit of Art

A Very British Comedy by Alan Bennett (The History Boys)
March 27 – April 13, 2014
Z Below Theatre (470 Florida St. between 17th and 18th Streets, SF, CA, 94110)

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.

The 2014 Rhino Benefit Spectacular

April 6, 2014
Below Theatre (470 Florida St. between 17th and 18th Streets, SF, CA, 94110)

Our annual benefit features the best in queer taletn and a big old Rhino bash!

Walk Like a Man

Bay Area Premiere
By Laurinda D. Brown
May 28 – June 15, 2014

The Costume Shop (1117 Market St at 7th St, SF, CA 94102)

Strap on your attitude and dive into ten different pulsating stories from women who love the way you love, living life on the edge, exploring sexuality uninhibited. Don’t see it alone. It’s so hot with passion you’ll need somebody to cool you off! The story of the love lives of young African- American lesbians.

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Earlier in the Season

To Sleep and Dream     Foodies! The Musical     Road Show     2014 Benefit Spectacular

To Sleep and Dream

To Sleep and Dream

Premiere
By John Fisher (Slugs and Kicks, Medea: The Musical)
September 19 - October 6, 2013
Z Below Theatre (470 Florida St. between 17th and 18th Streets) Map It

A father and son confront each other about the past and their hopes for the future in this play about coming out and facing the truth. A brand new drama from the two-time Glickman Award-winning playwright.

Press Release

Clips from To Sleep and Dream

Jim comes out to his friend Everett in "To Sleep and Dream" by John Fisher


Jim playfully flirts with his father's co-worker in "To Sleep and Dream" by John Fisher

 

Production Photos

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Photos by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: Ben Calabrese as Jim and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Ben Calabrese as Jim and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured: Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured: Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: Ben Calabrese as Jim and Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
 Pictured left to right: Ben Calabrese as Jim and Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor

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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.


Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured John Fisher as Paul in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured John Fisher as Paul in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: Ben Calabrese as Jim and Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Ben Calabrese as Jim and Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured: Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured: Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured: Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured: Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured: Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured: Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Click on a Photo to Download a Full-size Version.
Photos by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett and Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett and Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul and Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul and Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.


Pictured left to right: Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett; Ben Calabrese as Jim and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett; Ben Calabrese as Jim and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor. ]
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett and Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: Raúl Bencomo, Jr. as Everett and Ben Calabrese as Jim  in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul and Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul; Maryssa Wanlass as Diane and Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Paul; Maryssa Wanlass as Diane and Ben Calabrese as Jim in To Sleep and Dream by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Z Below; Photo by Kent Taylor.

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To Sleep and Dream

Foodies! The Musical

Foodies! The Musical

by Morris Bobrow
One Performance Only - December 31, 2013 @ 800 pm
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street Map It

Presented by Theatre Rhinoceros and AWAT Productions

SF'S HIT MUSICAL REVUE--NOW IN IT'S 2ND YEAR!

"Hilarious!" - SF Chronicle

 

Publicty Photos

Foodies! The Musical

Foodies! The Musical

Foodies! The Musical

 

Foodies! The Musical plays Theatre Rhino New Year's Eve

 

Road Show

Road Show

 

The Critics on ROAD SHOW

“A must see! Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!”
 Kedar Adour – Theatreworld

“Run quickly to this Sondheim Gem. I sure as hell will. Again! … The score is not just good. It is damn good.” 
Lee Hartgrave –Beyondchron.com

“Sondheim's almost maniacal wordplay takes center stage… Genuine emotional warmth… Your chance to see Road Show on a stage may not soon come along again.”
Richard Dodds – Bay Area Reporter

“Sondheim’s song-and-dance ditties run along at a hot hoofer’s pace… Wonderful performances. Rudy Guerrero is exceptional, Michael Doppe quite fetching, and Ae’Jay Mitchell is a real find.”
Jason Victor SerinusSF Examiner

“A polished, well-staged, superbly sung and acted revival from San Francisco’s Theatre Rhinoceros.” Pierce CarsonNapa Valley Register

“A stunning production of Road Show! Director John Fisher brings an unbroken flexibility to the production.”
Richard ConnemaTalkinbroadway.com

“It's easy to revel in Sondheim's deliciously but unobtrusively complex and tuneful score and devilishly cutting lyrics and in Weidman's cleverly constructed book… A show that not only deserves to be more widely seen but also has some local connections… But it's the show's intrinsic merits that make Rhino Artistic Director John Fisher's production such a gift… Sondheim aficionados take heed. Unless you got to see one of this long-troubled play's few prior outings elsewhere, this is your first opportunity to see how nicely the book and score can nestle together onstage.”
Rob Hurwitt – SF Chronicle

“An extremely talented ensemble cast... Particularly touching is the romance between two men and the love song, “The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened,” which could easily be sung outside the confines of the theatre. John Fisher brilliantly directs. Musical direction by Dave Dobrusky. And, hey, it’s Sondheim for gawd’s sake!”
Sister Dana – SF Bay Times

“What is really outstanding are the deliciously dazzling lyrics Sondheim uses to tell the story.  Some are cynical, playful, and brilliantly satirical, others are simply heartbreaking… [This] fully satisfying Sondheim work is worth seeing for the performances of its two leads and its engaging score.”
Bonnie Weiss – Musical Theatre Lovers United

Bay Area Premiere
Obie Award Winner
A Musical Comedy by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) and John Weidman

January 2 - 19, 2014
The Eureka Theatre (215 Jackson St at Front/Battery, SF, CA 94111)

From the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom, Road Show is the story of men and women willing to take risks to grab their piece of the American dream. Spanning forty years, Road Show specifically focuses on Addison and Wilson Mizner, two brothers who are constantly looking for the next way to strike it rich. This quest turns into a test of morality and judgment for the two brothers that will change their lives in unexpected ways.

And Don't Miss this Fascinating Exhibition on the Mizners who were from Benecia, CA

 

Press Release (revised 12/20/13)

Poster (click for a full-size PDF version)

"Road Show" January 2 - 19 at Theatre Rhinoceros

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Production Photos

Pictured left to right: Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner and Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association
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Pictured left to right: Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner and Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association

Pictured left to right: Kate McCarthy as Boca Girl, Kim Larsen as Armstrong, Sarah Young as Mrs. Yerkes, Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner, Kathryn Wood as Mama, Ae’Jay Mitchell as Jockey, Justin Lucas as Stanley Ketchel, Michael Doppe as Hollis Bessemer and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association.
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Pictured left to right: Kate McCarthy as Boca Girl, Kim Larsen as Armstrong, Sarah Young as Mrs. Yerkes, Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner, Kathryn Wood as Mama, Ae’Jay Mitchell as Jockey, Justin Lucas as Stanley Ketchel, Michael Doppe as Hollis Bessemer and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: Ae’Jay Mitchell, Kathryn Wood, Kim Larsen, Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner, Kate McCarthy, and Justin Lucas in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.
*Member Actors’ Equity Association.
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Pictured left to right: Ae’Jay Mitchell, Kathryn Wood, Kim Larsen, Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner, Kate McCarthy, and Justin Lucas in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner and Michael Doppe as Hollis Bessemer in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association.
Download Web Version | Download Hi-Res Original
Pictured left to right: Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner and Michael Doppe as Hollis Bessemer in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner and Michael Doppe as Hollis Bessemer in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association.
Download Web Version | Download Hi-Res Original
Pictured left to right: Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner and Michael Doppe as Hollis Bessemer in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by David Wilson; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre. *Member Actors’ Equity Association.

 

Publicty Photos
*Appears courtesy Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.
Download Web Version | Download Hi-Res Original
Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.

Pictured left to right: Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner and Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.
Download Web Version | Download Hi-Res Original
Pictured left to right: Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner and Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.

Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.
Download Web Version | Download Hi-Res Original
Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.

Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.
Download Web Version | Download Hi-Res Original
Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.

Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.
Download Web Version | Download Hi-Res Original
Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.

Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.
Download Web Version | Download Hi-Res Original
Pictured left to right: Rudy Guerrero* as Wilson Mizner and Bill Fahrner* as Addison Mizner in ROAD SHOW music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, directed by John Fisher, photo by Kent Taylor; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre.


Rudy Guerrero as Wilson Mizner*

Rudy Guerrero as Wilson Mizner*

Bill Fahrner as Addison Mizner*
Bill Fahrner as Addison Mizner*

Stephen Sondheim, Playwright
Stephen Sondheim, Music and Lyrics

John Weidman
John Weidman, Book

John Fisher, Director
John Fisher, Director

*Appears courtesy Actors' Equity Association.

2014 Benefit Spectacular

Our 2014 Rhino Benefit Spectacular!

Theatre Rhino Presents
Veronica Klaus
                   in
Lee à la V

With the Tammy L. Hall Quartet

One Show only!
Sunday, April 6, 2014 @ 730 pm

Z Below Theatre (470 Florida St. between 17th and 18th Streets, San Francisco) Map It

Admission: $25.00, includes the show, drinks, and food

Tickets On Sale Now!

Veronica Klaus evokes the spirit, atmosphere and artistry of Miss Peggy Lee in this evening of some of her most delicious songs. Backed by the Tammy L. Hall Quartet, Veronica will give you Fever!

Press: Contact John Fisher – 415.552.4100

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Veronica Klaus



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