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Theatre Rhinoceros Presents


written and Directed by John Fisher

February 8-25, 2024
@ Theatre Rhinoceros 
4229 18th Street
San Francisco, CA  94104

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A lesbian bar. A gay disco. A mission behind enemy lines. What do they have in common? The Colonel and Day. 

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JOHN FISHER (Playwright/Director/Actor) recently completed an eight-month run of his show A History of World War II at The Marsh, after playing two successful runs of the show in Manhattan (United Solo Festival/Theatre Row – Best Actor Award - and Pangea Performance Venue) and another in Los Angeles (The Broadwater.) He is a two-time winner of the Will Glickman Playwright Award, as well as being a recipient of the GLAAD Media Award, the Theatre Bay Area Award, two Cable Car Awards, The Bay Guardian Goldie Award, the BackStage West Garland Award, and seven Critics’ Circle Awards. His plays include the award-winning Action Hero, Shakespeare Goes to War, To Sleep and Dream, Combat! and Medea, the Musical. They have been performed in NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and Berkeley. He recently appeared as Russ/Dan in the Character Physics production of Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (nominated Best Performer, Broadway World 2021.) Previous COVID-19 solo-performances include Murder in Hawaii, Shark!, Doodler, A Tourist in London, Johnson, Modjeska, A Death in the Family, The Drinker, Randy!, Marie’s Crisis, Insane Director!, The Battle of Kursk, Seduction, Broke and Outta Work, Jenny, The Farm, The Swimmer and Bulge! JOHN CREATED SIXTY-TWO ORIGINAL, SHELTER-IN-PLACE, SOLO PERFORMANCES, ONE FOR EACH WEEK OF THE PANDEMIC. John Fisher recently won a citation from the 2021 Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards Committee for his E. S. P. He recently completed a residency at the LGBTQ Center, NYC at which he created and performed six new works and performed his A History of the Civil War, Escape! and Wing Walker, among others, live at Pangea, NYC, Shark! at ArtsOnSite NYC, and four solo-shows at The Tank NYC. 

"[John Fisher's JOY is a] deep purple valentine... [it] transcends happiness." Andrea Stevens, NEW YORK TIMES

"John Fisher restakes his claim as one of the most stimulating theater artists to emerge here in the past decade... [Fisher] gives his material such a confident theatrical charge that the audience feels the kind of vibrations Tony Kushner unleashed in 'Angels in America.'" Steven Winn, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Fisher has talent to burn... Not unlike Tony Kushner, this playwright can set his figures to talking like exclamation-pointed position papers that are both clear and funny." Dennis Harvey, VARIETY "Fisher's plays bristle with wit, intelligence, and a wonderfully developed theatrical instinct." Steven Winn, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“No local playwright can match Fisher's enormous, voracious energy. No subject is too large or daunting: He's taken on World War II and deconstructed Shakespeare.” Rob Hurwitt, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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John Fisher  

John Fisher
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Essential Services Project

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John Fisher working on Essential Services
Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle

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Solo Performances Conceived and Performed by John Fisher

John Fisher - Nominated Best Performer by Broadway World 2021

2021 Bay Area Critics' Circle Award Winner for
"Best Solo-Performance" for the Essential Services Project

Earlier Performances Recorded live: March 2020 – December 2021

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List of Videos of Previous Performances