Written and Directed by John Fisher
February 24 – March 18
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It
Three desperate actors take to the road in search of roles. Along the way they encounter highway hooligans, porno shoots, offended politically-correct youths and “all the crazies” of America. “All the world’s a stage” and it’s an actor’s nightmare in this comedy about America “trying to be great again.”
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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.”
Theatre Rhinoceros Nominated for Best Theatre Company
Theatre Rhinoceros has been nominated in the Best Theatre Company category of the Bay Area Reporter’s annual readers’ choice poll, BESTIES 2017: The LGBT Best of the Bay. The Bay Area Reporter is America’s longest continuously-published and highest circulation LGBT newspaper and the undisputed newspaper of record for the San Francisco Bay Area’s LGBT community. The newspaper notified Theater Rhino staff of their nomination on February 7.
Theatre Rhinoceros is the nation’s longest running LGBT theatre, currently in its 39th season. It will present Flim Flam by Executive Director John Fisher, at the Eureka Theater (215 Jackson St.) Feb. 24-March 18. The play is about a group of actors who hit the road in search of roles and encounter America attempting to be great again. Of the nomination Fisher said, “This is totally great! We have such an exciting theatre community in the Bay Area and to be nominated is an honor indeed. Yay!” The recipients of the Besties will be selected by the Bay Area Reporters readership through an online survey at http://www.ebar.com/besties2017. Voting continues through Thursday, March 6. Winners will be announced in the newspaper’s anniversary edition on April 6.
Founded in August, 1977, by the late Alan Estes, Jr., Theatre Rhino describes its mission as developing and producing works of theatre that enlighten, enrich, and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of the queer community. In addition to producing favorites of the LGBT community, such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which will open on May 27 and run until the first weekend of July,Theater Rhino seeks out and mounts plays that represent members of marginalized groups within the queer community. Their production of The Brothers Size, Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s drama about queer African American men in the American South, earlier in the season was a critical and box office success. They also produce works that explore the too-often ignored homoerotic and queer nuances of mainstream theater. Such was the case with their Fall production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, about a troubled youth who projects his spiritual and sexual impulses onto the horses he works with, and the psychiatrist treating him, who recognizes a passion in the youth that is absent from his own life.”