2019-20 Season — The Rhino in The Castro!!!

2019-20 Season Poster

We’re spending some time in The Castro! This season we’ll be producing our Mainstage shows in San Francisco’s most famous neighborhood. We’ve always felt there should be live theatre in The Castro. So The Rhino is charging in! Join us where it all started, in that little piece of heaven known as The Castro!

The Rhino presents a musical, three World Premieres, and a classic shocker as we take you back to The Castro.

We are so excited to kick off our new season (our forty-second as the longest running LGBT theatre anywhere) with the very moving and very funny Driven, a World Premiere play that came out of our popular reading series. Driven continues our dedication to local queer stories and it’s sure to work its way into your hearts.

The season continues with a brief visit to the Gateway Theatre for our Holiday Extravaganza. This year we’re doing it on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s so more people can enjoy the shenanigans without a day of labor to get through first. It will be, as always, naughty AND nice.

The season continues with John Fisher’s pointed comedy Straight Eye, a riff on those who seek fame in politics and all the “advice” they have to listen to. The season then blasts into Yerba Buena Gardens with our production of Macbeth – the latest in our Queer Classics series – at Yerba Buena Gardens. We’ve always thought the Scottish King was gay. So join us outside for this outrageous play.

We wrap up the season with eight more stories from Laurinda D. Brown, who brought you Walk Like a Man a few seasons ago. Like its predecessor’s, Walk Like a Man II’s stories are all sexy and hilarious.

All shows except The Holiday Show and Macbeth at Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street, San Francisco, CA  94114 in The Castro District of San Francisco.


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How it works

Sign up for your nights of choice and we’ll send you a Rhino Subscriber Card. Then just come to the performances of your choice and present your card. No tickets to save, no reservations to make.

Rhino Subscriber Perks

  • Preferred seating at all performances.
  • Discounts on additional tickets to shows so you can bring your friends and save.
  • 20% discount on all of Spark Arts’ fabulous new art. Just show your Rhino Sub Card.
  • Invitations to all Rhino Donor/Subscriber Thank You parties with free entertainment, food, and drink.
  • Two additional free tickets to the Holiday Extravaganza on 12/28/19 so you can bring your friends free of charge.
  • And other Castro Neighborhood discounts.

Upcoming Productions

By Boni Alvarez, Directed by Ely Orquiza
October 31 – November 17, 2019
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8 pm
No show Thursday, November 7
Sundays @ 3 pm
@ Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street in The Castro
A father and son confront each other over the past and present and discover that judgments do not prevent love. The son wants dad to drink and gamble less, while dad thinks the son needs to return to LA, find a boyfriend, and get on with his acting career. But love wins out in this heart-warming comedy of Filipino-Americans in the Bay Area from local playwright Alvarez. World Premiere

The Rhino 2019 Holiday Extravaganza
December 28, 2019 @ 8 pm
One Show Only!
@ The Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson Street
This year we bring you the best in queer entertainment to celebrate the holidays in The Rhino Way.  A Rhino Tradition 

Straight Eye
Written and Directed by John Fisher
February 13 – March 1, 2020
@ Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street in The Castro
Danny and Dave have been happily married for thirty years and all seems set for the next thirty, until Danny decides to run for Supervisor. Now Spock, Roosevelt, Michael Phelps and a division of gay friends are all on hand, both in reality and in fantasy, to give him advice on how to get elected. Never mind that his straight handlers advise that he’s just a little “too gay.” It’s La Cage meets The Wrath of Khan in this comedy about identity, politics and the price tag on everything! World Premiere

Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Directed by John Fisher
May 29 – 31, 2020
Three Shows Only!
Friday, May 29 @ 8 pm
Saturday, May 30 @ 8 pm
Sunday, May 31 @ 3 pm)

@ Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Streets
A Co-Production with Yerba Buena Arts and Events
The latest in The Rhino’s outdoor Shakespeare productions, our Macbeth will be the Bard’s masterful adventure as an al fresco epic with The Rhino twist. In the footsteps of John Fisher’s Titus!, Timon! and King Lear, the Scottish Play roars into the gardens with passionate ferocity.
Part of Our Queer Classics Series

Walk Like a Man II
By Laurinda D. Brown
Directed by Sarah Young
June 18 – July 5, 2020
@ Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street in The Castro
These lesbians are butch, femme, undecided, uncommitted, non-binary and certainly non-conformist. They’re also looking for sex, love, wives, excitement and respect. Brown, the sine qua non scribe of African-American lesbian urban fiction, brings you eight more riotous stories about love on the brink.  World Premiere

GLAAD Media Award Winner

Tickets for Individual Performances were available approximately 4 weeks before each production


Spark Arts 4229 18th St. (at Collingwood)
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson St. (at Battery)
Yerba Buena Gardens Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets

Man Boobs

Free Event! Staged Reading!!

By J. Julian Christopher
Directed by Stuart Bousel
Tuesday, August 6 at 7 pm

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

Spence and Marty have hooked up in the past, but it was quick, rushed–and pretty darn good. They are getting together to get to know each other and, this time, not be so rushed. They both want it, especially Marty who can’t wait to feel flesh pressed against flesh. But Spence is reluctant, not sure he wants Marty to see him naked.
Man Boobs (in a brown sweater)
Paul Hogarth as Spence in Man Boobs

Paul Hogarth as Spence

Kovac Williamson as Marty in Man Boobs

Kovac Williamson as Marty

Porn Yesterday

Free Event!
Staged Reading!!

by Andrew Black and Patricia Milton
Directed by Alan Quismorio
Tuesday, September 3 at 7 pm

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

In a queer riff on Garson Kanin’s classic play: A porn star is set to make his classical stage debut in Edward II. A local theater director is brought on to coach him. Sparks fly, characters’ lives are changed.
Free! No Tickets Needed!
Jason Wayne Wong, Nick Trengove, and Joe Tally in Porn Yesterday

Jason Wayne Wong, Nick Trengove, and Joe Tally

Food Chain

Free Event!
Staged Reading!!

by Nicky Silver
Directed by Fernando Gambaroni

Tuesday, October 1st at 7 pm

Spark Arts
4229 18th Street  Map It

Amanda has been married to Ford for three weeks, though he has been missing for two of those weeks. She seeks help from a hotline, where she speaks with Bea, who is not much help. Amanda hangs up, though, when Ford walks in the door.
Across town, Serge is waiting for his lover to return, when a former one-night stand, Otto, shows up to try to convince Serge that they belong together. Serge flees, in search of his lover, as Otto follows, refusing to give up.
They all meet up at Amanda and Ford’s apartment where romance and love need to sorted out, joined by Bea from the hotline, who doesn’t appreciate being hung up on.
Free! No Tickets Needed!
Food Chain graphic
Hi. My name is Serge. I'm a super model. You might look at me and think my life is perfect. But, I want my man back. I don't care if he is married now. I'm getting him back!

Hi. My name is Serge. I’m a super model. You might look at me and think my life is perfect. But, I want my man back. I don’t care if he is married now. I’m getting him back! Theatre Rhinoceros presents a staged reading of Nicky Silver’s THE FOOD CHAIN October 1 at Spark Arts.