Theatre Rhinoceros — San Francisco’s Live Professional Queer Theater

GLAAD Media Award Winner

“Theatre Rhinoceros continues to stage the best, most thought provoking new plays in the Bay Area.” — Vince Mediaa

Theatre Rhinoceros Announces New Season!

2020-21 Season —
Our Inside/Outside Season

This season – our forty-fourth – we will begin inside with some slammin’ live stream productions and then, we hope, venture outside into theaters again.

Along the way we present the hottest and latest in diverse LGBT stories, with an emphasis on the stories of African-American and Latinx individuals.

Please join us for an adventurous and topical season.

Scheduled performances include:

  • Overlooked Latinas
  • Alligator Mouth/Tadpole Ass
  • The Review, or How to Eat Your Opposition
  • Mark Nadler Tonight
  • TBD production by an African American Playwright

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Our 2020-21 Season Debut!

Overlooked Latinas

Overlooked Latina's postcard

Written and Performed by Tina D’Elia
Directed by Mary Guzmán

November 13 – 22

Butch dyke Angel Torres thinks she’s having one of the best days of her life.
She’s gaining buy-in from an NBC producer to sign onto her show highlighting legendary Latinx movie stars.
Enter the femme fatale creating chaos with Angel’s wife and Angel’s life.

A Live-Stream Presentation

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Watch the Overlooked Latinas Promo-Video

In association with the

Cal State East Bay Department of Theatre and Dance

Blood at the Root

Written by Dominique Morriseau
Directed by Darryl V. Jones
Choreographed by Laura E. Ellis.

Live Online November 6th at 7:30 pm
Online On-Demand November 7 – 15

A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six: The Six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus.

This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud, Sunset Baby, Detroit ’67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and homophobia as they intersect in teen culture.

When the central character, a black female student named Raylynn, decides it’s time for a change in her high school, she sits under a tree around which only white students regularly gather. In response—as was the case in Jena—nooses are subsequently hung from that tree, causing many black students to erupt in protest.

Things come to a head when six black students, including Raylynn’s brother, attack a gay white student and are brought up on trumped-up charges.

Blood at the Root
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Free Streaming Live Production

The Big Island

The Big Island

Conceived and Performed
by John Fisher

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 8 pm

Register Now and Get a Zoom Link — 
Go to John’s Facebook page at 8 pm Thursday

A Theatre Rhinoceros Production
An Essential Services Project

In the midst of COVID, Hawaii’s only gay detective investigates a hideous crime.

See previous streaming performances by John Fisher .

Black Lives Matter - An invitation to click and see Theatre Rhinoceros' Statement

Theatre Bay Area Awards 2019!
The Rhino is a Winner!!

Outstanding Direction of a Play

John Fisher, TBA Best Director Award 2019

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role

Abigail Campbell, TBA Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role, 2019

Congratulations to Nominees

Theatre Rhino is thrilled over these additional TBA Award nominations!

  • Outstanding Production of a Play (ACTION HERO)
  • Outstanding World Premiere of a Play (ACTION HERO)
  • Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role (SISTER ACT) – Branden Noel Thomas
  • Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role (ACTION HERO) – Gabriel A. Ross
  • Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role (ACTION HERO) – John Fisher
  • Outstanding Sound Design (ACTION HERO) – Stephanie R. Niemann

In Memoriam
Mike Zimmerman

Mike Zimmerman

We mourn the passing of the wonderful Mike Zimmerman on July 31, 2020.

Mike was a longtime Theatre Rhinoceros supporter and subscriber, as well as being a former Rhino managing director and board member.

Mike also wrote the much loved play WHAT’S A MOTHER TO DO?, which premiered at The Rhino.

In addition to his myriad cultural activities, Mike served as the head of California Prison Focus and as Development Director for Lamplighters Theatre.

He is survived by his daughter Shona Zimmerman and his grandson Jared Zimmerman. Mike was a cultured, smart, giving and loving man and he will be sorely missed.

So long, Mike!

Performances to Enjoy — Free on YouTube

Click on any video in this list for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

Other Letters

Jazzbos and Jezebels

Alligator Mouth

SCOTUS GAY: Lawrence v. Texas

To Whom it May Concern…

Mind That ‘Tis Me Brother

Zoom Catastrophe 


A Dog Dreams

For Reasons of Sex

See Previous Essential Services Projects by John Fisher – Free
Click here for the complete library of videos!