Billed as “The Oldest Queer Theater in America,” Theatre Rhino develops and produces shows that are intended to “enlighten, enrich, and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of our queer community.” The company made its debut in 1977 with The West Street Gang by Doric Wilson, staged in a South of Market leather bar named The Black and Blue. Rhino subsequently found a home in the Goodman Building on Geary Blvd, where it presented works by such writers as Robert Patrick, Lanford Wilson, Jane Chambers, and Harvey Fierstein (including the one-act plays The International Stud and Fugue in a Nursery, which later became part of Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy).
In 1981, the company moved to its present location in the Mission District’s historic Redstone Building. Rhino’s premiere production of The AIDS Show: Artists Involved with Death and Survival ran for two years, toured the United Sates, and was the subject of a 1987 PBS documentary. Since then, shows of note have included an inter-racial production of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band and works by Chay Yew, The Five Lesbian Brothers, Bloolips, Marga Gomez, Ronnie Larsen, and Daniel MacIvor.
Theatre Rhinoceros Information
- Public Transportation: Good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Wednesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $15–$25, $5 discounts for students and seniors for most performances
- Subscriptions: Season subscriptions $110–$235, $335 for opening-night subscription.