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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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The Legend of Pink

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The Critics Rave about PINK!

“Comic gusto… Scary volatility…”

Richard Dodds, Bay Area Reporter

Kheven LaGrone has written four characters who are fascinating. His dialogue is authoritative and effective. The performances of all four actors are striking. Charles Peoples III is outstanding as Pink, as he flounces about, spouting phrases like “Sometimes I think in French.” Maurice André San-Chez is spellbinding as DeShawn. He comes stage forward midway in the drama in a bright white spotlight to declare his blackness. He will now and henceforth be himself, he says. R. Shawntez Jackson brings danger and helplessness to his role of Ace. Phaedra Tillery is wonderful as Nikki, the voice of the neighborhood. Scenic designer Bert vanAaslburg bathes the bedroom set in pink, and costume designer Kitty Muntzel has done chic pink outfits for Pink. AeJay Mitchell directs this absorbing drama with rapid speed. Bottom Line: THE LEGEND OF PINK is the riveting account of the drug wars in late 20th century Oakland, as Pink does her best to bring a bit of beauty to the harsh environment.”

Richard Connema, TALKIN' BROADWAY

The thought provoking and engaging THE LEGEND OF PINK by Kheven LaGrone receives its world premiere at Theatre Rhinoceros. Rhino has scored a casting coup with Charles Peoples III as Pink. He has both the convincing look and affect to characterize Pink, capturing fantasy and rejection with equal skill. Maurice André San-Chez as DeShawn, R. Shawntez Jackson as Ace, and Phaedra Tillery as Nikki round out the talented ensemble. Each has highlights, though there are times when they don’t seem totally true to character. Director AeJay Mitchell combines the stage and acting elements effectively. LaGrone’s play strikes many nerves and should satisfy anyone with interest in the topics, and hopefully those without any specific interest.”

Victor Cordell, FOR ALL EVENTS

“Directed sensitively by Oakland-based AeJay Mitchell, the terrific cast imbues all shades of emotion into all of the sympathetic characters. Charles Peoples III is mesmerizing and commanding as the title character, filling Pink’s flouncy mini dresses with confidence and authority. In the The Legend of Pink, [Kheven] LaGrone has created an appealing study of authentic characters in difficult situations with inner conflicts.”

Leslie Katz, SF Examiner

“This is playwright Kheven LaGrone’s first full-length play, and it’s a marvelous debut. The dialogue crackles, and the characters are multi-dimensional and fascinating. It has much to say about race and identity, and it says it in a powerful, effective way. The performances by all four actors are memorable and heartfelt. R. Shawntez Jackson brings both menace and vulnerability to his role as Ace, and Charles Peoples III owns the stage as if he was born to it.”

Patrick Thomas, Two on the Aisle

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.