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

Upcoming Productions

Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Directed by John Fisher
Postponed due to COVID-19
We hope to present Macbeth late summer or early fall. However, dates and times of rescheduled performances have not yet been determined.
@ 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

It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of our final play in the season Laurinda D. Brown’s WALK LIKE A MAN II.
Please look for a future play by Laurinda D. Brown from The Rhino.

Walk Like a Man II
By Laurinda D. Brown
Directed by Sarah Young
June 18 – July 5, 2020
Cancelled due to COVID-19
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

Venues:

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

Spark Arts Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco
(Between Diamond and Collingwood Streets)
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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

Spark Arts Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco
(Between Diamond and Collingwood Streets)
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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!
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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.

Oscar and Walt

Free Event!
Staged Reading!!

By Donald Olson
Directed by Joseph Ayers

Tuesday, November 5 at 7 pm
42nd Street Moon Admin Offices
250 Van Ness Avenue Map It

Before they were larger-than-life gay icons, they were poets. On his 1882 tour of America, young Oscar Wilde made it a point to visit the elderly Walt Whitman, who he considered a great and prophetic voice.

Playwright Donald Olson imagines what the two men might have discussed.

Joe Tally as Walt Whitman and Yohana Ansari-Thomas as Oscar Wilde
Joe Tally as Walt Whitman and Yohana Ansari-Thomas as Oscar Wilde

Driven

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  Map It

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

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Critical Acclaim!

… fills [Spark Arts] with intensity, action, and movement, drawing us artfully into a father-son dilemma.

Patricia L. Morin, Theatrius

A powerful play, DRIVEN delights in the Castro!

Lauren Sheehan-Clark, Daily Californian

Production Photos

Earl Paus (as Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.

Earl Paus (as Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.
Photo by Anthony Bongco

(L to R) Alan S. Quismorio (as Arnel) and Earl Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.

(L to R) Alan S. Quismorio (as Arnel) and Earl Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.
Photo by Anthony Bongco

(L to R) Earl Paus (as Danny)and Hector Ramon Zavala (Qulie) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.

(L to R) Earl Paus (as Danny)and Héctor Ramón Zavala (Qulie) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.
Photo by Anthony Bongco

(L to R) Alan S. Quismorio (as Arnel) and Earl Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.

(L to R) Alan S. Quismorio (as Arnel) and Earl Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.
Photo by Anthony Bongco

(L to R) Alan S. Quismorio (as Arnel), Hector Ramon Zavala (Qulie), and Earl Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17

(L to R) Alan S. Quismorio (as Arnel), Héctor Ramón Zavala (Qulie), and Earl Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17
Photo by Anthony Bongco

(L to R) Hector Ramon Zavala (as Qulie), and Earl Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.

(L to R) Héctor Ramón Zavala (as Qulie), and Earl Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez. A production by Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts, running through November 17.
Photo by Anthony Bongco

Publicity Photos

Héctor Ramón Zavala

Héctor Ramón Zavala (Qulie) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez, directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza. A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Spark Arts.
Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

Earl Alfred Pays plays Danny in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez, directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza. A Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts. Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

Earl Alfred Pays plays Danny in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez, directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza. A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Spark Arts.
Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

Alan Quismorio plays Arnel in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez, directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza. A Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts. Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

Alan Quismorio plays Arnel in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez, directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza. A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Spark Arts.
Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

L-R, Alan Quismorio, Hector Zavala, and Earl Paus in DRIVEN. Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

L-R, Alan Quismorio (Arnel), Hector Zavala (Qulie), and Earl Alfred Paus (Danny) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez, directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza. A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Spark Arts.
Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

 L-R, Earl Alfred Paus (Danny) and Alan Quismorio (Arnel) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez, directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza. A Theatre Rhinoceros at Spark Arts. Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

L-R, Earl Alfred Paus (Danny) and Alan Quismorio (Arnel) in DRIVEN, by Boni Alvarez, directed by Ely Sonny Orquiza. A Theatre Rhinoceros production at Spark Arts.
Photo credit: Vince Thomas.

Free Reading!

Rotterdam

By Jon Brittain
Directed by Lisa McHenry.

Tuesday, December 3 at 7 pm

Spark Arts
4229 18th Street  Map It

It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay.

But before she can hit SEND, her girlfriend reveals that they have always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one.

Now Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask . . . does this mean she’s straight? A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.

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The 2019 Rhino Holiday Extravaganza!

Celebrate the Holidays with the Rhino!

All-Star Performances
Saturday, December 28 @ 8 pm

Gateway Theatre
215 Jackson St Map It

STARRING…

– Deborah Russo
– Drunk Drag Broadway
– Jenn Ekman
– Justin Lucas
– Jesús U. BettaWork
— Lisa McHenry
– Trudy Giuliani-Poeschel
– Steven Satyricon
– Andy Arcade
– Suzy Jane Edwards
– Kim Larsen
– Rudy Guerrero
– Blisx
– AeJay Mitchell
– Cameron Zener (Just Added!)
 

SONG – DANCE – COMEDY – CHAMPAGNE –RAFFLE – NIBBLES
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Publicity Photos

Rudy Guerrero

Rudy Guerrero

AeJay Mitchell

AeJay Mitchell

Jesús U. BettaWork

Jesús U. BettaWork

Steven Satyricon

Steven Satyricon

Suzy Jane Edwards

Suzy Jane Edwards