Join Theatre Rhinoceros for its 40th Anniversary 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.)
The Legend of Pink
by Kheven LaGrone
215 Jackson St Map It
The Critics Raved about PINK!
“Comic gusto… Scary volatility…”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.