Theatre Rhinoceros’ 41st Season, A Journey of Excitement!

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GLAAD Media Award Winner

For our 41st season as the longest-running LGBT anywhere, Theatre Rhinoceros presents three musicals, two new works, and a Broadway thriller as we take you on a journey of hope and excitement.

All Rhino shows are presented at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco except the pop-ups which pop up where appropriate, often at Sparks Art Gallery in the Castro.

Upcoming Productions!

San Francisco Premiere
SISTER ACT
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner
Additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane
May 17 – June 2  – Gateway Theatre
The famous Whoopi Goldberg movie that became the hit musical now gets the Rhino twist when a drag queen singer has to go into hiding as a nun! But she’s not the only nun in drag! Not in our production.

World Premiere
ACTION HERO
By John Fisher
May 31 – July 7 
The world’s biggest action hero Thom Snooze is about to come bursting out of the closet. He’ll do anything to promote his new film. But is this the right move? Everyone in his life says no, but his instincts say, “You go, girl!”

Tickets for Individual Performances will be available approximately 4 weeks before each production

Masterpiece

Free Event!
Staged Reading!!

Masterpiece

A New Play
By John Fisher

Tuesday, August 28th at 7 pm

Sparks Art Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco
(Between Diamond and Collingwood Streets) Map It

Remember the trial of the homophobic baker?

So do we.

Every word.

Free! No Tickets Needed!
Gay Couple Slicing into their Wedding Cake

Masterpiece Loved by a Sister!

Remember the trial of the homophobic baker at Masterpiece Cakeshop? Well, John Fisher, director and playwright of THEATRE RHINOCEROS, has written an amazingly authentic account in his latest brilliant play, MASTERPIECE. I was fortunate to attend a one-time stage reading at Spark Arts in the Castro on August 28. Four long tables were attached where the actors could read their parts. Opposite them was the audience, the court of public opinion. The prologue depicted the scene where the gay couple tried to order a wedding cake but was refused “for religious reasons” and later took the case to the Supreme Court. Fisher has quoted from the official Supreme Court transcripts (with a little necessary humor injected) as each actor has now become a judge. Following the disappointing verdict given to the cake maker, in the epilogue, Fisher ends with a surprise trans twist. He told me he doubted the play would ever be staged, and I begged him to mount this “masterpiece.”

Sister Dana Van IquitySister Dana Van Iquity, SF Bay Times

Free Event! Staged Reading!!

The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side

By Derek Ahonen
Directed by Alan Quismorio
Tuesday, September 4 at 7 pm

Sparks Art Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco
(Between Diamond and Collingwood Streets) Map It

An extraordinary gathering of young idealists lives above a vegan restaurant in NYC. Billy, Dawn, Dear and Wyatt are an extended sexual family battling their fears and addictions in order to live their utopian dream.
The Pied Pipers of The Lower East Side is a celebration of love and the search for human grandness — and what happens when bohemian paradise begins to crumble.
Free! No Tickets Needed!
The Pied Pipers of the Lower East SIde

Dead & Breathing

by Chisa Hutchinson
Directed by AeJay Mitchell

September 6 – 22nd

The Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka)
215 Jackson St Map It

Cranky old Carolyn Whitlock has been in hospice for far too long and just wants to die already. But she’ll have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her oversharing and very Christian nurse, Veronika, to help her end it.

Then Veronika reveals something about herself that has Carolyn thinking that Veronika may not be the right person to send her on her way.

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From the Critics

Lively sparring match over the right to die in Theatre Rhino’s ‘Dead and Breathing’

Lily Janiak, SF Gate

“The two actors deliver memorable and shocking performances –
we laugh, we wonder, we ponder…”

Barry Horwitz, Theatrius

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Publicity Photos

Pictured L to R: Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn and Cece Suazo as Veronika in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured L to R: Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn and Cece Suazo as Veronika in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured L to R: Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn and Cece Suazo as Veronika in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured L to R: Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn and Cece Suazo as Veronika in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured (L - R): Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn and Cece Suazo as Veronika in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured (L – R): Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn and Cece Suazo as Veronika in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured L to R: Cece Suazo as Veronika and Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured L to R: Cece Suazo as Veronika and Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Cece Suazo as Veronika in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Cece Suazo as Veronika in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured L to R: Cece Suazo as Veronika and Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Pictured L to R: Cece Suazo as Veronika and Shirley Smallwood as Carolyn in Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING, Directed by AeJay Mitchell; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Gateway Theatre. Photo by Steven Ho.

Fools Rush Inn

Free Event!
Staged Reading!!

by Joe Besecker
Directed by Jim McCunn

Tuesday, Oct. 2 @ 7pm

Sparks Art Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco (Between Diamond and Collingwood Streets) Map It

The straight guy desires the bisexual woman who wants the straight woman who is attracted to the gay man who lusts for the straight guy. And they’re all getting together on New Year’s Eve at the Fools Rush Inn.

One chases another in Fools Rush Inn

Unmerciful Good Fortune

Free Event!
Staged Reading!!

by Edwin Sanchez
Directed by Leticia Duarte

Tuesday, November 6 @ 7 – 9pm

Sparks Art Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco (Between Diamond and Collingwood Streets) Map It

Arrogant young Puerto Rican Fatima, who works as a counter girl at a fast-food restaurant, has been arrested for the murder of 14 people, poisoned at her workplace. Young attorney Jeremy has been assigned to defend her. Fatima claims she has been blessed or cursed with psychic powers. By merely clasping the hand of an individual, she tells her translator, Maritza, she can immediately grasp everything about him/her including past, future, and innermost secrets. She says that her murders were mercy killings: She “read” each of her victims and killed them because they wanted to die. Maritza is first incredulous, then indignant at Fatima’s playing God. She firmly resists letting Fatima clasp her hand, but Fatima is persuasive, constantly shifting from pugnacious, foul-mouthed street girl to wise and wily seductress to gentle, compassionate young woman. Maritza finally offers up her hand, yielding her secrets and placing her fate in Fatima’s grasp.

One chases another in Fools Rush Inn

The Boy from Oz

by Nick Enright & Martin Serman
Directed by John Fisher

October 26 – November 17th

The Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka)
215 Jackson St Map It Parking Info

Running time: 2 1/2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

A fun and raucous musical by Nick Enright and Martin Sherman about songwriter, entertainer, and gay icon, Peter Allen.

The Boy From Oz is a raucous musical biography about the life of the most famous gay man from Australia – entertainer, singer/songwriter, Peter Allen – featuring songs written by him and with other collaborators.

The original book is by Nick Enright, with a revised book by Martin Sherman (Bent).

The show begins in the 1950s with Allen’s humble beginnings growing up in an Australian bush town. He then experiences a meteoric rise to fame as an international star opening for Judy Garland and selling out week-long engagements at Radio City Music Hall.

Allen was Judy Garland’s good friend and Liza Minnelli’s first husband, but, first and foremost, singer-songwriter Peter Allen was a performer. Within a few years, Allen and Minnelli split due to Allen’s homosexuality.

Eventually, Allen dies from AIDS – but before he dies, he is able to give one final concert back in his homeland.

Rave Reviews for The Boy from Oz !

The Boy From Oz is terrific at the Gateway Theatre. Rating: ★★★★★

Theatre Rhino has pulled out all the stops with their energy-filled yet bittersweet production…  It is a song-filled jukebox tune fest buttressed with choreography, top-notch singers, great costumes and a storyline that might bring a tear in the second act.

The direction, pacing, dancing and costumes earn individual accolades that collectively create a winning performance ably backed by the three-piece onstage band of piano/keyboard (Sheelah Ramesh), Guitar/Bass (Nicholas Martin and Drums (David Walker).

Kedar K. Adour, MD, www.theatreworldim2.com
“The Boy from Oz” Dances into our Hearts, at Rhino, SF

Director John Fisher has done it again. He has revived the most fabulous gay musical, telling the story of famous lounge singer, dancer, and songwriter Peter Allen…

Tall, sexy Justin Genna knows his way around the dance floor, executing poetic moves expertly…. Leandra Ramm looks so much like Judy Garland and belts her songs with such authority that she gives us a chill…  the talented ensemble, Grace Liu, SuzyJane Edward, John-Thomas Hanson, thrill us with wonderful musical orgies and cocaine-filled nights…

Paired with Peter Allen’s moving lyrics, the magnetic chemistry among the ensemble roots the music in our hearts…  A joy to behold.

Barry David Horwitz, Theatrius

As Peter, Justin Genna moves with flair and fling, swiveling his hips enough to spin anyone’s imagination and always with a smile that elicits other smiles. His dancing with high, long-legged kicks and moves that are smooth and sexy is often dazzling – whether if he is on stage alone, in duets, or with a full cast.

As Liza [Minnelli], Carol Ann Walker… is particularly impressive in sparkling, glittering attire as she is joined by a full ensemble – they dressed in black suites and bowlers — as well-executed Fosse hands and moves define ‘She Loves to Hear the Music.’”

Theatre Eddys
[Genna’s] lines are impeccable, and one entire review could be dedicated to the way he moved his hips.
Kate Tinney, The Daily Californian
Boy from Oz Postcard

ReelKev Interviews Justin Genna

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Production Photos

Pictured L to R: Cameron Zener as Young Peter and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Cameron Zener as Young Peter and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, Kim Larsen as Dick, Larissa Kelloway as Marion, Justin Lopez as Greg, Leandra Ramm as Judy Garland, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Grace Chen as Rockie, Carole Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli and John Charles Quimpo as Chris in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, Kim Larsen as Dick, Larissa Kelloway as Marion, Justin Lopez as Greg, Leandra Ramm as Judy Garland, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Grace Chen as Rockie, Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli and John Charles Quimpo as Chris in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Kim Larsen as Dick, Justin Lopez as Greg, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Carole Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, John Charles Quimpo as Chris, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark and Grace Chen as Rockie in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Kim Larsen as Dick, Justin Lopez as Greg, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, John Charles Quimpo as Chris, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark and Grace Chen as Rockie in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: John Charles Quimpo as Chris and Justin Genna* Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: John Charles Quimpo as Chris and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, John Charles Quimpo as Chris and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, John Charles Quimpo as Chris and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carole Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen  and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Justin Lopez as Greg, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, John Charles Quimpo as Chris, Grace Chen as Rockie and Kim Larsen as Dick in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Justin Lopez as Greg, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, John Charles Quimpo as Chris, Grace Chen as Rockie and Kim Larsen as Dick in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen and Justin Lopez as Greg Connell in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen and Justin Lopez as Greg Connell in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: The Band - Sheela Ramesh, Conductor/Pianist; Nick Martin, Guitar; David Walker, Drums in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: The Band – Sheela Ramesh, Conductor/Pianist; Nick Martin, Guitar; David Walker, Drums in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Publicity Photos

Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland and Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland and Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Justin Genna

Justin Genna plays gay icon Peter Allen in the Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Boy From Oz, by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, and featuring the music of Allen and others. Photo by Lauren Toub.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

 Carol Ann Walker plays Liza Minelli in the Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Boy From Oz, by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, and featuring the music of Allen and others.

Carol Ann Walker plays Liza Minelli in the Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Boy From Oz, by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, and featuring the music of Allen and others. Photo by Andrew Muhlbach.

Leandra Ramm

Leandra Ramm plays Judy Garland in the Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Boy From Oz, by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, and featuring the music of Allen and others. Photo by Lisa Keating.

Dot

Free Event!
Staged Reading!!

by Colman Domingo
Directed by Darryl V. Jones

Tuesday, December 4 @ 7 pm

55 Laguna Map It

The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.

A Co-Production with the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

Colman Domingo
Dot playwright Colman Domingo

Megabytes!
The Musical

One Night Only!

Theatre Rhinoceros’ New Year Eve Spectacular!

Written and Directed by Morris Bobrow

Special Guest Khris Francis!

New Year’s Eve, December 31st @ 8 pm
Running time 90 minutes

The Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka)
215 Jackson St Map It    Parking Info

Our New Year’s Eve Spectacular returns! The hit show about the pleasures (and pains!) of tech.

Megabytes the Musical

Say You Love Satan

Free Staged Reading!!

by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Joe Tally

Monday January 14, 7pm (NEW DATE!)

Strut, 470 Castro Street Map It

Late one rainy night in Baltimore, Andrew—an affable graduate student researching the works of Dostoevsky—meets a handsome stranger named Jack. The two immediately hit it off and start dating, despite the fact that Andrew already has a super-duper boyfriend and that Jack has the Mark of the Beast—you know, 666—burned into his forehead. Andrew finds himself breaking things off with his super-duper boyfriend, distancing himself from his friends, and doing things that–well, they’re just not right. But then he realizes Jack wants more than a boyfriend. It’s too horrible…and he must escape.

Say You Love Satan Poster
Devil Picture

Playing Detective

Free Staged Reading!!

a new play by Jerry Metzker.
Directed by Kieran Beccia

Tuesday, February 5th @ 7 pm

Sparks Art Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco
(Between Diamond and Collingwood Streets)
Map It

Joey has a one-night stand with a man he met through an app. Then the police show up, because Joey’s mysterious date, who has vanished into thin air, might be connected to a homicide. Against the advice of his gal pal, Sukie, and hunky roommate, Buck, Joey can’t help investigating. The two detectives on the case aren’t too thrilled with his investigations, either, but Joey can’t help himself. Does he really need to know what happened? Of course! But meddling also keeps him in touch with sexy Detective Hernandez.

Man holding a gun

Photo © Lasse Behnke | Dreamstime.com

Classics Illustrated

Free Staged Reading!!

A new play by Joe Higgins
Directed by Gabriel Ross

Tuesday, March 5th, 7 – 9 pm

Sparks Art Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco
(Between Diamond and Collingwood Streets)
Map It

John and Tom, two men in their sixties who were childhood buddies, reunite and reminisce about the boys they were.

And, they remember Frankie, who didn’t survive their teenage years.

They marvel at how the world and their old neighborhood has changed, but Tom needs to come to terms with his first love and the part he played in Frankie’s death.

Long dock in a lake for CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED

The Underpants Godot

Rhino’s first Pop-Up Theater production in The Castro!

The Underpants Godot

By Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Alan Quismorio

March 16 -23

Spark Arts Gallery
4229 18th Street (at Collingwood)  Map It    

The play presents a final dress rehearsal of a bold, postmodern, stripped down interpretation of the Samuel Beckett classic, when a representative of the Beckett estate shows up with serious questions about the production: Is it true to the author’s intent? Is it a fresh look at difficult play? Or, are those just men in their underwear?

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“…special applause to [director] Quismorio who made a theater pop up in a small art gallery’s back room. He used, not just put up with, the location and gives us an intimate performance of a tight play. The characters worked together and the action felt consistent and logical. The Underpants Godot pop-up production is a terrifically enjoyable surprise. Theatre Rhino gives the audience a very witty and wise play delivered with style and spot-on acting.”

Dangerous Common Sense, More

Publicity Photos

Jordan Ong (as Mark, an actor playing Estragon) and Eric Johnson (playing Doug, a director) in The Underpants Godotby Duncan Pflaster, a Theatre Rhinoceros Pop-Up Production at Spark Arts. Directed by Alan Quismorio. Photo by Joseph Tally.

Jordan Ong (as Mark, an actor playing Estragon) and Eric Johnson (playing Doug, a director) in The Underpants Godot by Duncan Pflaster, a Theatre Rhinoceros Pop-Up Production at Spark Arts. Directed by Alan Quismorio. Photo by Joseph Tally.

Jordan Ong (as Mark, an actor playing Estragon) and Francisco Rodriguez (as Tim, and actor playing Vladamir) in The Underpants Godotby Duncan Pflaster, a Theatre Rhinoceros Pop-Up Production at Spark Arts. Directed by Alan Quismorio. Photo by Joseph Tally.

Jordan Ong (as Mark, an actor playing Estragon) and Francisco Rodriguez (as Tim, and actor playing Vladamir) in The Underpants Godot by Duncan Pflaster, a Theatre Rhinoceros Pop-Up Production at Spark Arts. Directed by Alan Quismorio. Photo by Joseph Tally.

Jordan Ong (as Mark, an actor playing Estragon) and Francisco Rodriguez (as Tim, and actor playing Vladamir) in The Underpants Godotby Duncan Pflaster, a Theatre Rhinoceros Pop-Up Production at Spark Arts. Directed by Alan Quismorio. Photo by Joseph Tally.

Jordan Ong (as Mark, an actor playing Estragon) and Francisco Rodriguez (as Tim, and actor playing Vladamir) in The Underpants Godot by Duncan Pflaster, a Theatre Rhinoceros Pop-Up Production at Spark Arts. Directed by Alan Quismorio. Photo by Joseph Tally.

Jordan Ong (as Mark, an actor playing Estragon) and Francisco Rodriguez (as Tim, and actor playing Vladamir) in The Underpants Godotby Duncan Pflaster, a Theatre Rhinoceros Pop-Up Production at Spark Arts. Directed by Alan Quismorio. Photo by Joseph Tally.

Jordan Ong (as Mark, an actor playing Estragon) and Francisco Rodriguez (as Tim, and actor playing Vladamir) in The Underpants Godotby Duncan Pflaster, a Theatre Rhinoceros Pop-Up Production at Spark Arts. Directed by Alan Quismorio. Photo by Joseph Tally.

Deathtrap

By Ira Levin

March 22 – April 13
Wednesday – Saturday @ 8 pm. Saturday matinees @ 3 pm.

The Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka)
215 Jackson St Map It    Parking Info

Playwright Sidney Bruhl needs a hit, desperately. Is he willing to kill to get it? Will his wife help him? How far will their nerve take them? And what will handsome Cliff’s reaction be when he finds out?

“If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try DEATHTRAP.” Time Magazine.

Deathtrap replaces Action Hero in this slot for the season. Action Hero will be presented later in the year.

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Theatre Rhinoceros’ ‘Deathtrap,’… feels fresh with a wonderful cast and the brilliant directing team of Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Fisher delivers a brilliant master class in physical comedy, eliciting laughter as he stumbles over bodies.

Jordan Freed, , Theatrius

“Fisher.. has a fine time embroidering on the work’s ‘gay play’ reputation… Fisher evokes John Waters butching it up.”

Jim Gladstone, Bay Area Reporter

“Tremendous physicality… It was breathtaking… When I jumped twice during the first [attack], I was able to watch lots of people in front of me jump and cry out – as if they had expected a low key drawing room drama… And what a complex script to master, and the roller coaster dialogue and emotions… Thanks for the gift to the community of [Deathtrap]…”

Rink Foto, The San Francisco Bay Times

“Anne Hallinan, brings a blithe spirit to Helga Ten Dorp, the psychic next door; her Dutch-accented medium is a dizzy delight, filling the room with infectious comic energy every time she enters.”

Jim Gladstone, Bay Area Reporter

Postcard

Deathtrap Poster

Deathtrap Postcard 

Production Photos

Pictured left to right: John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl and Desiree M. Rogers as Myra Bruhl in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl and Desiree M. Rogers as Myra Bruhl in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl and Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl and Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: Randy Solomon as Porter Milgrim and Anne Hallinan as Helga Ten Dorp in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Randy Solomon as Porter Milgrim and Anne Hallinan as Helga Ten Dorp in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl, Desiree M. Rogers as Myra Bruhl and Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl, Desiree M. Rogers as Myra Bruhl and Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl, Anne Hallinan as Helga Ten Dorp and Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl, Anne Hallinan as Helga Ten Dorp and Desiree M. Rogers as Myra Bruhl in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured: Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured: Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson in Ira Levin’s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Directed by Jerry Metzker and John Fisher. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson and John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin' s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Photo by David Wilson.*Member, Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson and John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin’ s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Photo by David Wilson.*Member, Actors’ Equity Association. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson and John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin' s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson and John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin’ s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson and John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin' s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Photo by David Wilson.*Member, Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured left to right: Jake Soss as Clifford Anderson and John Fisher* as Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin’ s Classic Thriller DEATHTRAP; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association. Photo by David Wilson.

Trade

POP UP! Limited Engagement — 2 Weeks Only!

Trade

By Mark O’Halloran
Directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza

April 5-14, 2019
Opening Night: Friday, April 5 @ 8 pm. (Reception to follow)

Spark Arts Gallery
4229 18th Street (at Collingwood)  Map It    

Trade is a play by Irish Mark O’Halloran depicting an encounter between a respectable, but closeted, middle-aged man and the young man he hires for company. A tense, but delicate, interchange after which everything will be different.

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