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APOLOGIES TO LORRAINE HANSBERRY (YOU TOO AUGUST WILSON)

February 7, 7 PM

By Rachel Lynett
Directed by Kimberly Ridgeway

Set in the fictional world of a post-second Civil War, Bronx Bay, an all-black state (and neighborhood) is established in order to protect "blackness." It's a utopia but enforcing utopia proves to be tricky when it comes to defining who is Black and who isn't.

Theatre Rhinoceros | 4229 18th Street, SF (Formerly Spark Arts) in The Castro

CAST

Janel Chanté portrays “Alice” in Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson): A Free Staged Reading.

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Katherine Hamilton ("Yael") is a Bay Area director and actor who has worked for Indiana Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Playground SF, Inferno Theatre, The Pear, Hillbarn Theatre and more. She was most recently seen onstage in Metamorphoses at The Pear and The Revolutionists at Palo Alto Players. Katherine received her BA in Theatre Directing from UCSB.

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Aaron Royce Jones portrays “Izaak” in Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson): A Free Staged Reading.

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Brittany Nicole Sims ("Jules") is an actress from San Leandro, CA and extremely excited to be working with Theatre Rhinoceros for the first time. Brittany received her B.A. in Theater Arts from Sacramento State University. She has won a Shellie Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2020 for her role as Mary in ReproRights. Brittany recently portrayed the role of Angie inThe Museum Annex with CentralWorks Theater. Other companies she's had the honor to work with include; All Terrain Theater, Inferno Theater, Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park, The SF Olympians Festival, Playwrights Center of SF, The Exit Theater, African American Shakespeare Company (AASC), Custom Made Theater, B8 Theater and Three Willows Theatre, The New Conservatory Theatre and Those Women Productions. Brittany would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support. 

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Dedrick Weathersby ("Lorenzo") is a 2022 Emmy Award Winner for Best Interview Discussion with Theatre Corner on PBS/KPBS, which is still available to watch through the PBS App. Multiple BroadwayWorld Awards-winning actor. Next up, Dedrick can be seen in Sierra Rep's West Coast Premiere of Elvis The Musical; Dedrick will play Reverend William Herbert Brewster (Composer) and Roy Brown (Blues Musician). Few favorite roles: Regional/National Tour: James Brown in Remembering James - The Life and Music of James Brown, Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls, Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime, Terk in Tarzan, Angel in Rent, BENNY in In the Heights, Harold Hill in The Music Man, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and Seaweed in Hairspray. A proud member of The Dramatist Guild, a union for professional playwrights and SAG-AFTRA, a union for film and television professionals.  www.dedrickweathersby.com

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PORCELAIN

December 13, 2022, 7 PM

By Chay Yew

Directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza

Porcelain is an examination of a young man’s crime of passion. Triply scorned — as an Asian, a homosexual, and now a murderer — 19-year-old John Lee has confessed to shooting his lover in a public lavatory in London. The play dissects the crime through a prism of conflicting voices: newscasts, flashbacks, and John’s own recollections to a prison psychiatrist.

Theatre Rhinoceros | 4229 18th Street, SF (Formerly Spark Arts) in The Castro

CAST

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Mikee Loria ("John") is an empathetic storyteller / actor based in the Bay Area. Some recent highlights include The Piano Teacher / Three Tall Women with The Pear Theatre. When not acting, Mikee is a teaching artist at NCTC and volunteers with Kollaboration SF. He strives to tell stories that not only entertain, but also challenge the way we perceive the world.

Walter Zarnowitz portrays "Voice 1".

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Faustino Cadiz III ("Voice 2") (he/him/his) is a Filipino-American San Francisco Bay Area Educator, Theatre Artist, and Performer. He has performed previously with 42nd Street Moon, CenterREP, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Missouri Street Theatre, Sonoma Theatre Alliance, Solano College Theatre. Highlights: A Chorus Line (Paul San Marco), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jimmy Winter), Assassins (Leon Czolgosz), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (LeFou), RENT (Benjamin Coffin III). Training: Solano College ATP, SFSU.

Alec Braun ("Voice 3") is a talented freelance actor who has been working in the acting trade for over 6 years. He studied at San Francisco State University, in areas of stage combat, voice, background, and Shakespeare. He performed in plays such as War of the Worlds, Feifer's People, and Hands of Earth and Wood. Just recently Alec had just completed a play presented by Inferno Theater, titled Quantum Desire, by Guilio Cesare Perrone. Alec Braun is currently studying beginner Spanish and beginner piano. He has experience in Karate, stage construction, and backstage work. He is looking forward to exploring all kinds of stories, each one with a different position in life. 

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Max Seijas ("Voice 4") is thrilled to be working with Theatre Rhino! Previous credits include Quantum Desire with Inferno Theatre, The Anarchy Quartet at the Exit Theatre, Mothers All with Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, TheaterWorks' Oscar tour series, New Conservatory Theatre Center's You'll Catch Flies, and Left Coast Theater Company's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Massive thanks and love to his friends, family, and the Bay Area theatre community.

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