Decorated Fiberglass Rhinoceros from Theatre Rhinoceros's 25th Anniversary
[San Francisco]: [Theatre Rhinoceros], . Approximately 16 x 24 x 8 inches (H x L x W). Painted fiberglass rhinoceros decorated with numerous clippings about the theater and the works performed during its 25th season. A few clippings slightly peeled away from the rhinoceros's body; soles of feet unpainted/ not decorated, revealing the fiberglass base. Very Good.
One of the 25 rhinoceros statuettes produced for the 25 Rhinos project. Initiated by Theatre Rhinoceros's associate artistic director, Duca Knezevic, as a way to celebrate the theater's 25th anniversary in 2002, the project invited local artists and politicians -- including Willie Brown, James Hormel, Carole Migden, Susan Leal, Mark Leno and Tom Ammiano -- to decorate 25 blank rhinos designed by sculptor Daniel Hauck. The rhinos were then displayed in storefronts in the Castro district and presented at that year's Gay Pride Parade, and were later auctioned off to raise funds for the theater. The creator of this piece is unknown.
Theatre Rhinoceros is the longest-running queer theatre in the U.S., and has played a major role in shaping, reflecting and supporting the LGBTQ+ community in the Bay Area. It was founded in August 1977 by Lanny Baugniet, who served as managing director, and his partner Allan B. Estes, Jr., the visionary first artistic director; Estes died of AIDS during the 1983-84 season. Doug Holsclaw was the artistic director in 2002, and devoted the 25th anniversary season to premiering works by Johari Jabir, Sara Moore, John Fisher, Kate Bornstein, and Ronnie Larsen; special performances also included Kate Clinton and Marga Gomez. Throughout its history, the theater has also produced works by Jane Chambers, Gomez, Doric Wilson, Robert Patrick, Lanford Wilson, Terrence McNally, and Harvey Fierstein, among many others.
A rare piece of San Francisco LGBTQ+ theater history.