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February 13 – March 17, 2018
The Gateway Theatre
215 Jackson St

A surprising relationship between a young Republican and a no-nonsense drag queen almost set the world on fire. But in a moment of international crisis this romance might just save the planet, as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are about to find out. A satirical drama ripped from the world’s headlines in the tradition of filmmakers Billy Wilder and Oliver Stone.

The Critics Applaud John's Work!

I’ll tell you this about Fisher: if he’s crazy, our theatre needs a lot more mad men like this! ... Fisher’s double turn as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is a wonder to watch; his caricature is uncanny, but he does more than that. In his hands, Trump and Putin have beating human hearts that we can recognize and for which we can feel empathy, even as we recoil in horror.

— Charles Kruger,

Charles Peoples as Miss Ruby makes this show worth a visit, and the cast is tight with the comic and drama timing.

— Vince Media,

If you are looking for an off-the-wall satirical farce with political overtones then the world premiere of Transitions playing at the intimate Gateway Theatre should be just your ticket. Charles Peoples III as drag queen Ruby steals the show and his three numbers are worth the price of admission as he controls center stage.

— Kedar Adour,

Fisher has directed Transitions as a barking mad thriller sprinkled with easy laughs.

— George Heymont,

In John Fisher’s no-holds-barred political satire “Transitions,” disruption rules the day… Each actor does brilliant double and triple duty to bring a Saturday Night Live touch to the soap opera that springs daily from the headlines. Fisher’s satirical take on U.S. antics strikes home, hitting the target with wit and wisdom.

— Bdhorwitz, THEATRIUS

The show’s highest acting honors go to Charles Peoples III’s Ruby, who gives the most intense and most serious performance of the evening. Ruby is tough as nails and has no problem speaking her truth, such as when she rejects Ezekial’s advances because of Ezekial’s refusal to come out. Ruby has clearly been around the block a few times. She has no time for BS. She emerges as the evening’s most admiral character.

— David Elijah Nahmod, Broke-ass Stuart


The Normal HeartThe Normal Heart

by Larry Kramer
Directed by John Fisher
November 3 – 25, 2017
The Gateway Theatre
215 Jackson St

A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in NY, London and LA. The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease.

Originally published in 1985 and celebrated in a passionate and eloquent 2011 Broadway revival.

The Normal Heart is a Theatre Rhinoceros Premiere. It was last presented in San Francisco by ACT in Sept. 2012. A made for TV film on HBO directed by Ryan Murphy in May 2014 – won 2 Emmy Awards including Best TV Movie, and Best Supporting Actor (Matt Bomer).

John Fisher in A History of World War II: The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin
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A History of World War II: The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin

by John Fisher
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 @ 9pm
407 West 41st St, New York, NY

John Fisher performs his one man show at the United Solo Festival on in New York .

Winner! Best Actor!
United Solo 2017

John Fisher brings you World War II from the Allied invasion of Normandy to the Fall of Berlin. He also gives useful information about the best books on the subject, the cutest generals who fought the battles, and the hottest actors who played generals in the movies.

Running time: 70 minutes.

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Pricilla, Queen of the Desert

The Musical

By Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
May 27 – July 2, 2017
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It

The glorious musical adventure about trannies, drag shows, Down Under, and what we will do for love. 

An Outdoor Shakespeare Adventure

Lear!Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
761 Mission Street  
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Lear! is Shakespeare’s King Lear with the various locales in the park serving as the playing area.

Shakespeare’s play is reduced to ninety-minutes and traverses the plains of Yerba Buena Gardens as it tells the exciting and heart-breaking story of one man’s attempt to divide his kingdom and his family’s gut wrenching struggle for power and love. This is not a musical, it is not  farce, it is Lear! – with Shakespeare’s original text – performed like you’ve never seen it before.



Written and Directed by John Fisher
February 24 – March 18

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It

Three desperate actors take to the road in search of roles. Along the way they encounter highway hooligans, porno shoots, offended politically-correct youths and “all the crazies” of America. “All the world’s a stage” and it’s an actor’s nightmare in this comedy about America “trying to be great again.”




by Peter Shaffer
directed by John Fisher
November 25 - December 10

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It

The explosive play about suppressed sexuality that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of modern drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence. 



Present Laughter

By Noël Coward
Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson St. @ Battery in
San Francisco




January 20-31, 2016

A Song at Twilight

By Noël Coward
Z Below Theatre (470 Florida St. between 17th and 18th Streets) Map It

November, 2015:


Written and Directed by John Fisher

November 4-28, 2015

Thick House

1695 18th Street

San Franciosco, CA  94107

June, 2014:

Timon! The Musical
Book and Lyrics by John Fisher
Music by Don Seaver
Produced by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
@ Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Friday, June 5 @ 700 pm
Saturday, June 6 @ 700 pm
Sunday, June 7 @ 100 pm


The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage!

Book and Lyrics by John Fisher

Music by Don Seaver

Plays through November 30, 2014 Only!

@ A.C.T.'s The Costume Shop

1117 Market Street @ 7th Street

San Francisco, CA  94102

Tickets: or 1-800-838-3006

September 19 - October 6, 2013

To Sleep and Dream
Written and Directed by John Fisher
At Z Below
470 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA

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In the Works...

(Plays by John Fisher, unless otherwise noted)

A Refuge from Life

A New Comedy

Sarman is a gay man on the edge of extinction. So he's decided to have a good time.

Final Draft

My Callas Play

A New Drama

Maria Callas, Ari Onassis and Sepi Di Stefano on their final desperate fling at celebrity.

First Draft

Good Game

A Sports Comedy

A screen writer discovers the path to success is basketball, the down and dirty kind.

Venue TBD


(See press coverage on homepage)


Sorry Fugu

By T. C. Boyle

Adapted and Directed By John Fisher

France Tour

Salle Adyar, Paris

March 2012

Plus Nancy, Angers and Nantes

A Word-for-Word Production

Ishi: The Last of the Yahi

Written and Directed by John Fisher

Zellerbach Playhouse

March 4 - 11, 2012

A UC Berkeley Production

Food Stories

"Sorry Fugu" by T. C. Boyle and "Enough" by Alice McDermott

Adapted and Directed by John Fisher

Z-Space Theatre

January - February 2012

A Word-for-Word Production

The Two-Character Play

By Tennessee Williams

Directed By John Fisher

January 4 - 14, 2012

Eureka Theatre, San Francisco

SexRev Redux

Return engagement of SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience

Written and Directed by John Fisher


November 10-December 4, 2011

"Sorry Fugu"

By T. C. Boyle

Adapted and Directed by John Fisher

Savory Thymes Fund Rasier

September 24, 2011

A Word-for-Word Produciton


By Lillian Helman

Adapted and Directed by John Fisher

A Word-for-Word "Off-the-Page" Production

August 2011

A Word-for-Word Production

The Jewish Theatre, San Francisco

Fighting Mac

The Story of Hector MacDonald

Written and Directed by John Fisher

Great Britain's greatest general is hounded to death for his sexuality.

San Francisco, Spring 2011

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Adapted and Directed by John Fisher

The Eureka Theatre

Summer 2010

SexRev: The José Sarria Experience

Witten and Directed by John Fisher

The Voice Factory, April 2010

Two on a Party

Adapted and Directed by John Fisher

Salle Adyar, Paris: April 2010

Tour of France: March-April 2010

Theatre Artaud: March 2010

Three on a Party

A Collaboration with Word-for-Word

Direted by John Fisher and Delia MacDougall

May 2009

A Necessary Evil

A family is divided by the past.

Theatre Rhinoceros, Workshop Production

April 16-26, 2009

The Rhino Christmas Panto

Theatre Rhinoceros

December 2008


Bleecker Street Theatre, NYC

August 2008

Ishi: The Last of the Yahi

Theatre Rhinoceros

July 2008 (Extended!)

Moby Dick: The Musical

By Longden, Koch and Kaye

Directed by John Fisher

Fall 2008

Boston Marriage

By David Mamet

Direced by John Fisher

Theatee Rhinoeceros (Maisntage)

Opened March 2, 2008


By Charles Dyer

Directed by John Fisher

Theatre Rhinocenros (Mainstage)

November 15 - December 16, 2007

The Studio Project
San Francisco
Winter, 2007

Richard Burton's Voice

Yale School of Drama

Spring, 2007

Special Forces
Theatre Rhinoceros
Spring, 2007

There's Something About Marriage

New York Fringe Festvial

Summer, 2007

Theatre Rhinoceros: The First Thirty Years

September 20 to October 21, 2007 (Extended!)

Recent Teaching...


Summer Training Congress

American Conservatory Theatre


Classical Acting

Summer Training Congress

American Conservatory Theatre

Summer 2009

Graduate Seminar: The Playwright and the Audience

Yale School of Drama

Fall 2007 - Spring 2008

Graduate Seminar: Wriitng for the Queer Theatre

Yale School of Drama

Fall 2006 - Spring 2007


Graduate Program

U.C. Santa Cruz

Spring, 2005