Theatre Rhinoceros to Present PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Theatre Rhinoceros presents Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - The Musical, with a book by Australian film director-writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, using well-known pop songs as its score, directed by John Fisher, with msical direction by Dan Feyer and choreography by AeJay Mitchell. The show will run May 27 - July 1, 2017.
Adapted from Elliott's 1994 Oscar-winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of over-the-top costumes, extraordinary headdresses and a hit parade of dance floor favorites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS.
The musical follows two drag queens and a transsexual (Tick, Adam, and Bernadette), who buy a run-down old bus (they call it Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback when one of them, Tick, is invited by his ex-wife to perform his drag show at her far-away resort. However, Tick is hesitant to tell his friends, Bernadette (a former performing icon who's best days are behind her) and Adam (a rambunctious young troublemaker), his own personal reasons for taking the trip. During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren't receptive to their lifestyle, including incidents of homo and transphobia, while widening comfort zones, finding new horizons, and strengthening their own friendship.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - The Musical features Bay Area Actors: Patrick Brewer (Boy 1; Tad; Farrah Fawcett; Lars 2; Frank); Rudy Guerrero * (Tick/Mitzi); Darryl V. Jones * (Bernadette); Mary Kalita (Solo Diva; Marion); Stephen Kanaski (Miss Understanding; Boy 3; Lars 3); Kim Larsen (Ensemble; Pastor; Errol; Jimmy; Barman; Dingo); Crystal Liu (GIRL 1; Japanese Tourist; Cynthia; Tasmanian Devil); Derek Miller (Boy 2; Lars 1; Scottish Tourist); Charles Peoples III (Adam); Nicole Thordsen (Diva; Shirley; Kangeroo); CameRon Weston (Boy 3; Brian; Bob); Diogo Zavadzki (Boy 4; Lars 3; Jules; Kangeroo)
* The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Tech Credits: John Fisher (Director/Producer); Dave Gardner (Set Construction); James Goode (Sound Designer); Lawrence Helman (Publicist); Robert Horek (Costume Designer); Gilbert Johnson (Set Designer); Sean Keehan (Lighting Designer); AeJay Mitchell (Choreographer)
Opening Night is Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Reception to follow). Shows are at Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111 - Embarcadero BART. Tickets are $15 - $40 and available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2915342 or by calling 1-800-838-3006. (All Previews are pay-what-you-wish at the door.)
Humphry Slocombe - San Francisco's Award-Winning Ice Cream purveyor has also created a limited-edition ice cream flavor to celebrate Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - The Musical. The Tim Tam Slam (Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, Chocolate Chips, and Crushed Tim Tam Cookies) will be available at both Humphry Slocombe locations, June 1 - 4, 2017 (2790 Harrison St. and 1 Ferry Building, SF). Free Ice Cream will be served opening night Thurs. June 1, 2017. Cast Members from Priscilla Queen if the Desert - The Musical will be making personal appearance during June 2017. Dates and store locations to be announced.
The creative dep't. at Humphry Slocombe based this limited engagement flavor
The Tim Tam Slam on the wildly popular Australian biscuit (cookie) the Tim Tam. Tim Tams have been a part of Australian tea time since 1964 and we love them as is, but like the ladies riding Priscilla across the desert outback, our favorite way to enjoy them is far more creative. Simply bite off opposite corners of the cookie, and use it like a straw for hot coffee or tea. Once the cookie is filled with coffee, pop the whole thing in your mouth! The Tim Tam Slam. Check out more here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=21roNtt7JNE.
Theatre Rhinoceros - Founded in 1977, The Rhino is the longest running LGBT theatre in the nation. We develop and produce works of theatre that enlighten, enrich, and explore both the ordinary and the extraordinary aspects of our queer community. Our emphasis is on new works, works about under-represented members of the larger queer community, and revivals of lesser known queer classics. Over the years Theatre Rhinoceros has received many awards of recognition including: Theatre Rhinoceros Day in the City Proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsome, State Assembly Certificate of Recognition from Senator Mark Leno, recognitions from Congressperson Nancy Pelosi and Assembly Persons Tom Ammiano and Carole Migden, numerous Cable Car, BATCC and TBA Awards and Nominations, and the GLAAD Media Award for Best LGBT Theatre.