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Theatre Rhinoceros’ 2018-19 Season2018-09-18T07:50:45+00:00

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 our home the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco except Sister Act, which will be at a bigger theatre TBA because it’s going to be a spectacle!

Upcoming Productions!

by Chissa Hutchinson
Directed by AeJay Mitchell
September 7 – 22, 2018
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.

Musical Bio About Queer Icon Peter Allen
Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen and Others
Book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright
October 26 – November 17, 2018
In the wake of Priscilla, the Rhino returns to Australia for this raucous musical biography of the most famous gay man from down under, Peter Allen. From “I Go to Rio” and “Arthur’s Theme” to “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “I Honestly Love You”, the hits just keep coming in this story of the brilliant song-writer entertainer.

One Night Only!
Written and Directed by Morris Bobrow
December 31, 2018 – 8:00 pm
Our New Year’s Eve Spectacular returns! The hit show about the pleasures (and pains!) of tech.

World Premiere
By John Fisher
March 22 – April 14, 2019
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!”

The Classic Thriller
By Ira Levin
May 17 – June 2, 2019
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?

San Francisco Premiere
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner
Additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane
May 31 – July 7, 2019 – Theatre TBA
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.
Sister Act will be performed at a bigger theatre TBA because it’s going to be spectacular.

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


Free Event!
Staged Reading!!


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