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Theatre Rhinoceros’ 2017-18 Season 2018-01-02T15:52:33+00:00

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.)

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Upcoming Productions

Transitions
By John Fisher
A transsexual, a Russian President, and an American President are the stars of this story about gender and sexuality in the world of geopolitics.
February 23 – March 17, 2018
World Premiere

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
The Musical
By Stephen Elliot and Allan Scott
The Rhino’s runaway musical hit returns for a limited engagement.
June 2 – July 1, 2018

Oedipus at Palm Springs
By The Five Lesbian Brothers
Directed by Kathryn Wood
Star and co-director of last season’s hit Gertrude Stein and a Companion, Kathryn Wood returns to direct this hysterical and shocking comedy by the masters of lesbian wit.
July 12 – 21, 2018
Regional Premiere

The West Street Gang

West Street Gang poster

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 Critics Raved 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.

A History of World War II:
The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin

WW-II Flier

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Wolves

Free Staged Reading!

Wolves

Wolf, Jack, and Ben. We’re going to tell you their story. By the end, one will be dead, one will be a killer, and one will be a mess.

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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Larry Kramer (Playwright)

Larry Kramer, a writer and AIDS activist, is a founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP. His screenplays include the Oscar-nominated Women in Love, and his plays include the Obie-winning and Pulitzer finalist The Destiny of Me, and Tony Award-winning The Normal Heart, which was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning movie for HBO. His novels are Faggots (Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters) and The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart. His political writings include the books, Reports from the holocaust and The Tragedy of Today’s Gays. He is the subject of an HBO documentary Larry Kramer in Love and Anger. He was named a Master American Dramatist by the PEN/Laura Pels Int’l. Foundation for Theater. Volume 2 of The American People: The Brutality of Fact will be forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He recently received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Yale.

Larry Kramer, photo (c) David Shankbone

Larry Kramer
photo (c) David Shankbone

Normal Heart Poster

THE NORMAL HEART WAS A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BAY AREA ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PICK OF THE DAY!

Production Photos

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Ned, Jeremy Alan Howard as David, and Tim Garcia as Mickey 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: John Fisher as Ned, Jeremy Alan Howard as David, and Tim Garcia as Mickey 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: John Fisher as Ned and Jeremy Cole as Felix 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: John Fisher as Ned and Jeremy Cole as Felix 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: Benoît Monin as Bruce, Tim Garcia as Mickey, Morgan Lange as Tommy and John Fisher as Ned 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: Benoît Monin as Bruce, Tim Garcia as Mickey, Morgan Lange as Tommy and John Fisher as Ned 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: Tim Garcia as Mickey, John Fisher as Ned, Benoît Monin as Bruce, Nick Moore as Craig and Leticia Duarte as Emma 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: Tim Garcia as Mickey, John Fisher as Ned, Benoît Monin as Bruce, Nick Moore as Craig and Leticia Duarte as Emma 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 and Tim Garcia as Mickey 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 and Tim Garcia as Mickey 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: Jeremy Cole as Felix and John Fisher as Ned 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: Jeremy Cole as Felix and John Fisher as Ned 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: Jeremy Cole as Felix and Robert Zelenka as Ben 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: Jeremy Cole as Felix and Robert Zelenka as Ben 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: Leticia Duarte as Emma and John Fisher as Ned 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: Leticia Duarte as Emma and John Fisher as Ned 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: John Fisher as Ned, Tim Garcia as Mickey and Nick Moore as Craig 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: John Fisher as Ned, Tim Garcia as Mickey and Nick Moore as Craig in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

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.

Critical Acclaim for The Normal Heart

Theater Rhinoceros’ The Normal Heart might break your own heart.

David Elijah Nahmod, Broke Ass Stuart

The characters become real in their time upon the stage, and as they die on and off the stage. You will become involved in each as distinct individuals. … Jeremy Cole underplays his role to perfection. His transformation from charming and humorous to an AIDS patient with a deteriorating body is so heart wrenching to make you hold your breath. … Leticia Duarte gives a strong performance from her wheel chair and her explosion when the National Institute of Health offers a pittance for AIDS research is an appropriate shocker. 

Kedar K. Adour, MD, For All Events, Nov. 6, 2017

The Normal Heart is a moving chronicle of the birth of AIDS activism.

Vince Vmediaa, Vmedia
[The] cast isn’t afraid to ride an emotional roller coaster that leaves them shedding copious tears as the play moves toward the final curtain.

Richard Dodds, Bay Area Reporter, Nov. 9, 2017

Director John Fisher’s “The Normal Heart” depicts the complex development of political resistance to HIV/AIDS, and ultimately, an existential struggle for the future of queer identity. Theatre Rhino reminds us that when silence is death, there is no choice but to speak up.  … Fisher’s production is significant and impassioned, thanks to the spot-on cast and excellent acting

Wes Adrianson, Theatrius, Nov. 6, 2017

Tom Ammiano and Friends
Theatre Rhinoceros’ 2017 New Year Eve’s Spectacular

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Tom Ammiano, Host of the 2017 New Year's Eve Spectacular