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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!

One Night Only!
MEGABYTES
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
ACTION HERO
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
DEATHTRAP
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
SISTER ACT
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.

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

Banners and Postcards

Dead and Breathing Postcard Front

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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

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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.