“Roars with power and
humor . . . fascinating . . .
action-packed . . . timely”
“Sharp as ever!
Ionesco’s seminal absurdist
satire . . . about the fragility of
civilized norms we take for granted”
Los Angeles Times
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This project is supported in part by an award
from the National Endowment for the Arts.
by Eugène Ionesco
Translated by Derek Prouse
Directed by Frank Galati
May 29–June 23, 2019
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street, San Francisco
Running Time: TBA
In the opening moments of Ionesco’s masterpiece of absurdist satire, a rhinoceros rampages through a village square. At the local café, people argue over what they saw. Was it really a rhino, or just fake news?
As the eccentric villagers shed refined façades for hides and horns—smashing windows and crushing flowerbeds—rumpled everyman Berenger faces a desperate choice: take a stand against the armored brutes or join the mindless herd?
Hailed as “masterful . . . and downright hilarious,” this outrageous, comedic story of a civilized community shifting from defiance to compliance is chillingly resonant and riotously funny. From Tony Award–winning director Frank Galati (1776 at A.C.T.) comes an all-new adaptation of this wickedly entertaining comedy about power, conformism, and mass culture.
The Geary and Strand theaters have accessible seating on all levels. Accessible seating may be purchased online or by calling our Box Office at 415.749.2228.
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The Geary Theater
405 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
Geary Theater walk-up hours
Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–6 p.m. or curtain*
–Sun 10 a.m.–4 p.m. or curtain*
The Strand Theater
1127 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
Strand Theater walk-up hours
Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m. & 6 p.m.–curtain*
Sat/Sun CLOSED or 90 minutes before curtain*
The Strand box office is closed to
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Sat-Sun 10am-4pm or curtain*
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For all performances, no children under five years old permitted. Please note that the Box Office will be closed in observance of the following national holidays: New Year's Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas.