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

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We’re spending some time in The Castro! This season we’ll be producing our Mainstage shows in San Francisco’s most famous neighborhood. We’ve always felt there should be live theatre in The Castro. So The Rhino is charging in! Join us where it all started, in that little piece of heaven known as The Castro!

The Rhino presents a musical, three World Premieres, and a classic shocker as we take you back to The Castro.

We are so excited to kick off our new season (our forty-second as the longest running LGBT theatre anywhere) with the very moving and very funny Driven, a World Premiere play that came out of our popular reading series. Driven continues our dedication to local queer stories and it’s sure to work its way into your hearts.

The season continues with a brief visit to the Gateway Theatre for our Holiday Extravaganza. This year we’re doing it on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s so more people can enjoy the shenanigans without a day of labor to get through first. It will be, as always, naughty AND nice.

The season continues with John Fisher’s pointed comedy Straight Eye, a riff on those who seek fame in politics and all the “advice” they have to listen to. The season then blasts into Yerba Buena Gardens with our production of Macbeth – the latest in our Queer Classics series – at Yerba Buena Gardens. We’ve always thought the Scottish King was gay. So join us outside for this outrageous play.

We wrap up the season with eight more stories from Laurinda D. Brown, who brought you Walk Like a Man a few seasons ago. Like its predecessor’s, Walk Like a Man II’s stories are all sexy and hilarious.

All shows except The Holiday Show and Macbeth at Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street, San Francisco, CA  94114 in The Castro District of San Francisco.

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  • Invitations to all Rhino Donor/Subscriber Thank You parties with free entertainment, food, and drink.
  • Two additional free tickets to the Holiday Extravaganza on 12/28/19 so you can bring your friends free of charge.
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First Up…


By Boni Alvarez
Directed by Ely Orquiza

October 31 – November 17, 2019

Spark Arts
4229 18th Street  Map It

A father and son confront each other over the past and present and discover that judgments do not prevent love. The son wants dad to drink and gamble less, while dad thinks the son needs to return to LA, find a boyfriend, and get on with his acting career.

But love wins out in this heart-warming comedy of Filipino-Americans in the Bay Area from local playwright Alvarez.

World Premiere

L-R, Earl Alfred Paul (Danny), Alan Quismorio (above, Arnel), and Stephen Minor (Qulie) in DRIVEN

L-R, Earl Alfred Paul (Danny), Alan Quismorio (above, Arnel), and Stephen Minor (Qulie) in DRIVEN.

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Theatre Rhinoceros and Spark Arts Present

Staged Readings in the Castro

November 5, 2019 7 pm. Oscar and Walt, by Donald Steven Olson. Directed by Joseph Ayers. In January,1882, Oscar Wilde traveled to the United States to give a series of lectures. While here, he met one of his idols, Walt Whitman. What did the two queer literary giants discuss? Playwright Olson has an idea.

December 3, 2019 7 pm. Rotterdam, by Jon Brittain. Directed by Lisa McHenry. It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one. Now Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask . . . does this mean she’s straight? A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.

January 7, 2020 7 pm. The Taint of Equality, or, I Want Your Sex, by Duncan Pflaster. Adrian and Javier are a gay couple who don’t believe in marriage- but everyone assumes they’re married. When they realize they’ve never actually opened up their “open relationship”, they decide to each go out and get laid, with hilarious and erotic results. The play is an entertaining send-up of modern Gay life and relationships that tackles drug use, Dan Savage, racism, showtunes, porn, Grindr, public sex, and much much more…

Pride, 2019

In recognition of our five decades of producing provocative theatre, The Rhino was a part of the Resist Contingent of the 2019 Pride Parade. Photo: Paul Margolis, OurTownSF

In recognition of our five decades of producing provocative theatre, The Rhino was a part of the Resist Contingent of the 2019 Pride Parade.

Photo: Paul Margolis, OurTownSF

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