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Theatre Rhinoceros’ 40th Season

GLAAD Media Award Winner

Two world premieres, one classic, an historic figure, one musical, and a whole lot of fun. It’s the 2017-18 Rhino Fortieth Anniversary Season.

All shows produced at our permanent home The Gateway Theatre (formerly the Eureka theatre.)

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40th Anniversary Season

The Legend of Pink

A World Premiere
by Kheven LaGrone
directed by Aejay Mitchell
September 15- 30
The Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka)
215 Jackson St Map It
An exciting new play, a scintillating local story…
The time is the late Twentieth Century, the place is the streets of West Oakland. Drug wars rage and the lovely transgender woman, Pink, does her best to bring a bit of beauty to the harsh environment. But people are watching Pink as she tries to form a connection with a beautiful young man, and they don’t like it. Things turn dangerous and deadly.
Creative Team: Sarah Gasser, Ramon Jackson, Sean Keehan, Kheven LaGrone, AeJay Mitchell, Kitty Muntzel, Charles Peoples III, André San Chez, Phaedra Tillery, Bert vanAalsburg
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Production Photos

Charles Peoples III as Pink in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.
Charles Peoples III as Pink in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre).
Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: R. Shawntez Jackson as Ace and Charles Peoples III as Pink in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson,

Pictured left to right: R. Shawntez Jackson as Ace and Charles Peoples III as Pink in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre).
Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Charles Peoples III as Pink and Maurice André San-Chez as Bradford/DeShawn in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)
Pictured left to right: Charles Peoples III as Pink and Maurice André San-Chez as Bradford/DeShawn in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone.
Directed by AeJay Mitchell. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)
Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Charles Peoples III as Pink and R. Shawntez Jackson as Ace in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)

Pictured left to right: Charles Peoples III as Pink and R. Shawntez Jackson as Ace in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone.
Directed by AeJay Mitchell. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre).
Photo by David Wilson.

Phaedra Tillery as Nikki in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)
Phaedra Tillery as Nikki in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)
Photo by David Wilson.
Maurice André San-Chez as Bradford/DeShawn in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)
Maurice André San-Chez as Bradford/DeShawn in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)
Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured: R. Shawntez Jackson as Ace in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)
Pictured: R. Shawntez Jackson as Ace in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre).
Photo by David Wilson.
Maurice André San-Chez as Bradford/DeShawn in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.)
Maurice André San-Chez as Bradford/DeShawn in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone, directed by AeJay Mitchell.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre).
Photo by David Wilson.

Publicity Photos

Pictured André San-Chez as Bradford in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone; Directed by AeJay Mitchell; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre (Formerly the Eureka Theatre); Photo by Steven Ho.
Pictured André San-Chez as Bradford in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone.
Directed by AeJay Mitchell.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre (Formerly the Eureka Theatre).
Photo by Steven Ho.
Pictured left to right: André San-Chez as Bradford and Charles Peoples III as Pink in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone; Directed by AeJay Mitchell; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre (Formerly the Eureka Theatre); Photo by Steven Ho.
Pictured left to right: André San-Chez as Bradford and Charles Peoples III as Pink in THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone.
Directed by AeJay Mitchell.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre (Formerly the Eureka Theatre).
Photo by Steven Ho.

The Normal Heart

by Larry Kramer
Directed by John Fisher
November 3 – 25, 2017
The Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka)
215 Jackson St Map It
A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in NY, London and LA. The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease.
Originally published in 1985 and celebrated in a passionate and eloquent 2011 Broadway revival. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Normal_Heart
The Normal Heart is a Theatre Rhinoceros Premiere. It was last presented in San Francisco by ACT in Sept. 2012. A made for TV film on HBO directed by Ryan Murphy in May 2014 – won 2 Emmy Awards including Best TV Movie, and Best Supporting Actor (Matt Bomer).
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Publicity Photos

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright, John Fisher as Ned Weeks, and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright, John Fisher as Ned Weeks, and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and John Fisher as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and John Fisher as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

John Fisher as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.
John Fisher as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.
Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.
Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Theatre Rhinoceros Signs New Contract with Actors’ Equity Association

Theatre Rhinoceros has forged a new partnership with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers. The Rhino and AEA have signed a Modified Bay Area Theatre contract, making it easier for members of the actors’ union to audition for and participate in Rhino productions.

Ethan Schwartz, AEA Business Rep, said, “Actors’ Equity is delighted to be partnering with Theatre Rhinoceros as they continue their success as the longest running queer theatre in the world. I am so proud and excited to be working with this dynamic organization.” Rhino Exec. Director, John Fisher, added, “We’ve had so many great Equity actors on our stages as Guest Artists, now they can be a more regular feature of our programming. We’re especially grateful because it will allow us to bring back some AEA Rhino regulars more often.”

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Ethan Schwartz and John Fisher

Ethan Schwartz and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson

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