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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Theatre Rhinoceros Secedes from State of California

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 3:57 PM

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Say what?!! Theatre Rhinoceros (a.k.a. the "oldest queer theater in America") is so disappointed in the way California voted on Prop. 8 that its mainstage is seceding from the state. And you're all invited to the freebie secession party tomorrow night. Executive Director John Fisher writes:

For thirty-one years our Mainstage has been a space of hallowed ground for Same-sex couples and it cannot continue as such if it does not recognize Same-sex Marriage. In recognition of the thousands of queer lives portrayed on our stage and the thousands upon thousands of queer people who have inspired, witnessed and been inspired by those lives, our Mainstage must secede from the State of California. The Board of Theatre Rhinoceros and I therefore declare our Mainstage seceded ground and proclaim our theatre an extraterritorial state that recognizes, encourages and condones Same-sex marriage. A "plaque of secession and proclamation" will be unveiled on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 1000 PM, immediately following the performance of 100 Years of Queer Theatre. Come and raise a glass in recognition of this event and the eventual triumph of same-sex marriage over the forces of repression, exclusion and intolerance. Admission is free and open to the public.

More details beneath the fold. Thanks to Calendar Editor Michael Leaverton for the heads-up. --Janine Kahn

THEATRE RHINOCEROS

2008 GLAAD MEDIA AWARD WINNER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 17, 2008

THEATRE RHINOCEROS’ MAINSTAGE SECEDES FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

What: Theatre Rhinoceros’ Mainstage Secedes from the State of California

Why: To create a safe/legal space for Married Same-Sex couples in the State of California

When: Secession Ceremony: Friday, November 21, 2008 @ 10:00 PM

Where: Theatre Rhinoceros, Mainstage, 2926 16th St., San Francisco

TIX: No tickets are necessary. Admission is free and open to the public.

Theatre Rhinoceros, America’s longest running professional queer theatre, develops and produces works of theatre that enlighten, enrich, and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of our queer community.

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