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Theatre Rhino’s 2014-15 Season

Theatre Rhinoceros's 2014-15 Season
Queer Adventure

Theatre Rhino's 37 Season takes off!From the battlefields of the Central Pacific to lesbians in lock-up, our new season is a queer adventure like you’ve never seen. Join us for thrills, spills, trills and laughs galore!

Upcoming

Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore – The gripping drama about homosexual scientist Alan Turing, inventor of the computer. March 4 - 22, 2015 @ The Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, SF, 94111

Timon: The Musical – An outdoor musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play about greedy artists. A Co-Production with Yerba Buena Arts and Events: May 29 – 31, 2015: Outdoors in Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets, SF, 94103

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Earlier in the Season

The Battle of Midway! Live! On Stage!    Shopping the Musical    The Anarchist

The Battle of Midway! Live! On Stage!

World Premiere
Written and Directed by John Fisher
Music by Don Seaver
November 14-30
The Costume Shop (1117 Market Street) @ 7th and Civic Center BART/MUNI Map It

The famous naval battle becomes a campy-musical. Finally! Join Nim, Fletch, Spru, Yammy and Naggy as they slug it out in the Central Pacific. It's the Second World War like you've never seen it before!

Performances are Wed-Sat @ 800 pm; Saturday matinees @ 300 pm.
Special Sunday Matinee 11/30 @ 300 pm.
There is no show on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th.

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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Hiro and Justin Lucas as Michyko in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wils
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Hiro and Justin Lucas as Michyko in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Fletch and Donald Currie as Martha in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Fletch and Donald Currie as Martha in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Foreground: Naomi Evans as Rosie and Kirsten Peacock as Posie; Background: Donald Currie as Midway Island in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Foreground: Naomi Evans as Rosie and Kirsten Peacock as Posie; Background: Donald Currie as Midway Island  in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured top to bottom: Paul Renolis as Frank and Justin Lucas as Hank in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured top to bottom: Paul Renolis as Frank and Justin Lucas as Hank in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: JD Scalzo as Spru and John Fisher as Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: JD Scalzo as Spru and John Fisher as Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, Daile Mitchum as Yammy, Kirsten Peacock as Hiro, and Naomi Evans as Shigeru in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, Daile Mitchum as Yammy, Kirsten Peacock as Hiro, and Naomi Evans as Shigeru in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, JD Scalzo as Spru, Paul Renolis as Frank and Donald Currie as Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, JD Scalzo as Spru, Paul Renolis as Frank and Donald Currie as Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, Daile Mitchum as Yammy, Donald Currie as Nim, Kirsten Peacock as Hiro, Naomi Evans as Shigeru, Paul Renolis as Frank, JD Scalzo as Spru, and Katina Letheule as Naggy in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, Daile Mitchum as Yammy, Donald Currie as Nim, Kirsten Peacock as Hiro, Naomi Evans as Shigeru, Paul Renolis as Frank, JD Scalzo as Spru, and Katina Letheule as Naggy in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Hiro and Justin Lucas as Michyko in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Hiro and Justin Lucas as Michyko in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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: Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and John Fisher as Admiral Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and John Fisher as Admiral Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull, John Fisher as Admiral Fletch and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull, Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and John Fisher as Admiral Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured top to bottom: Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured top to bottom: Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull, John Fisher as Admiral Fletch and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull, John Fisher as Admiral Fletch and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull Halsey and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull Halsey and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Shopping: The Musical

Shopping: The Musical

by Morris Bobrow
The 2014 Rhino New Year’s Eve Spectacular
One Show Only – Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 800 pm
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It

The hit musical comedy revue about everybody's second-favorite (in some cases, favorite) activity.

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The Anarchist

The Anarchist

Bay Area Premiere
Written by David Mamet

January 2-17, 2015
Wed-Sat.@ 8pm
Saturday Matinees at 3pm

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco Map It

Nothing is quite what it seems in David Mamet's latest work. With a nod to his mentor, Harold Pinter, Mamet once again employs his signature verbal jousting in this battle of two women over freedom, power, money, religion—and the lack thereof.

Theatre Rhinoceros is proud to present the West Coast Premiere of this exciting drama about a lesbian anarchist on the day of her possible parole.

Running time: 85 minutes with no intermission.

Nightly Pre-Show Presentation

David Mamet's THE ANARCHIST: The Playwright and His Work.

Director John Fisher will give a presentation fifteen minutes before the show about playwright David Mamet, his plays and specifically THE ANARCHIST and its inspirations.

The Reviews Are In!

Must Close January 17th!!

"The intensity of the interaction between Cohn and Brown is simply riveting, with both actresses digging into layers of rage and frustration. Under Fisher’s fine-tuned and well-paced direction, there’s never a false, or lax, moment — just a lot of inevitable, and thought-provoking, moral ambiguity. Emotionally involving!"
- Jean Schiffman – SF Examiner 

"Powerful, thought provoking, and current, Mamet has not lost his touch."
- Barbara Keer – Splash Magazine

“In a new Theatre Rhinoceros production, Mamet still does what he does best: poke beneath the veneer of characters to exhume the vagaries of human nature. Director John Fisher combines with Mamet to offer an intensely dramatic, philosophical feast that pinpoints a two-woman tug-of-war over rehabilitation, faith and sex… The actors are splendid!”
- Woody Weingarten  – Marinscope

"This Theatre Rhinoceros production benefits immensely from the intensity of Tamar Cohn's portrayal of Cathy who, as a convert to Christianity, can't stop talking about Jesus or the power of her newly-found faith."
- George Heymont – My Cultural Labdscape

"A tremendous production of David Mamet's The Anarchist by Theatre Rhinoceros... The performance was electric... Velina Brown and Tamar Cohn are talented, veteran actors, and they burn up the stage in their performances. They inhabit their characters."
RATING: Five Stars ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
- David Fox – The Theatre Blogger

“Velina Brown plays Ann with a laser focus that can only hint at what may lay beneath a duty-bound surface. As Cathy, Tamar Cohn gets to take us on a journey through a life she claims she has righted in prison. This is where the pulse of the play can be found, sharply rendered in Cohn's performance, as Cathy's seeming self-assurance gives way to desperation that causes her to say a bit too much. Give credit to director John Fisher and his cast, whose Theatre Rhino production does find a dramatic tension beyond an exchange of ideas.”
- Richard Dodds  – Bay Area Reporter

"As the prisoner, 'Cathy', Tamar Cohn is utterly convincing in her verbal and at times emotional rampage. But Velina Brown, as her authoritarian opponent 'Ann' meets her at every point. She’s far more emotionally contained than Cathy, but just as ferocious in her efforts to procure the information she wants from the prisoner... It’s a credit to director John Fisher and actors Cohn and Brown that emotion does manage to burst through the thick word play, especially as the verbal jousting reaches its crescendo... This is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.  If you savor highly intellectual repartee  about our social, political, and economic systems, religion, philosophy and other heady topics then it is yours."
- Bonnie Weiss – Musical Theatre Lovers United

"THE ANARCHIST, a carefully considered, well acted west coast premiere. John Fisher’s direction is precise and intelligent, and the two actresses (Velina Brown and Tamar Cohn) have served the text well... Exciting with intellectual and emotional fireworks... This west coast premiere of  a work by an important American playwright will be of interest to committed Mamet fans and those who particularly appreciate political content on stage."
- Charles Kruger –  Theatrestorm.com 

In Depth about The Anarchist

SF Gate article about the production, including an interview with director John Fisher

Read Jonathan Farrell in "Digital Journal" with more about the play, including an intereview with Tamar Cohn.

Read about Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, two of the real-life radicals who inspired Mamet.

The New York Post story:
"Outrage 101: Radical jailed in slay now Columbia prof"

CBS News 2014 story:
"Rockland Officials To Cuomo: Don’t Free Brinks Robbery Getaway Driver"

 

 

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In the New York Times

 

 

Judith Clark’s Radical Transformation
Why three decades of exemplary behavior behind bars have not earned the Brink’s robbery accomplice her freedom.

 

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Pictured: Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured: Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn and Velina Brown* as Ann in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn and Velina Brown* as Ann in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
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David Mamet's The Anarchist at Theatre Rhinoceros -- PR Poster

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Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Cathy and Velina Brown* as Ann in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.) 
Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Cathy and Velina Brown* as Ann in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.) 
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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown" as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown" as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Tamar Cohn as Cathy
Tamar Cohn as Cathy

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Velina Brown as Ann
Velina Brown as Ann

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David Mamet (photo by Brigitte Lacobe)
David Mamet (photo by Brigitte Lacobe)

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