Musical Comedy “SexRev: The José Sarria Experience” extended to December 4

This weekend is your last chance to check out SexRev, a musical comedy that tells the story of gay activist and drag performer José Sarria. SexRev draws on camp, sketch comedy, opera parody, and queer confrontation to show his impact on gay entertainment and LGBT politics. Many people don’t know that Sarria ran for SF Supervisor a decade and a half before Harvey Milk appeared on the scene.

“’Sex Rev:’ is a romping biography of the famous San Francisco drag queen from serving in the United States Army during World War 2 in France, to being a waiter and then a famous entertainer at the notorious “Black Cat”, to running for San Francisco supervisor (he lost but received over 6000 votes making the start of gay power in this city) to being the first to form the yearly “elections” of Emperors and Empresses (usually gay men and drag queens respectively). Today the Imperial Court is international and raises millions for AIDS patients. Jose also encouraged gay people who were caught in embarrassing situations to plead guilty and request jury trials when they were arrested on sexual offense charges. This would clog the court system with these cases that were difficult to sustain for lack of evidence. Throughout this 2-hour romp he would say “Swallow the evidence and ask for a jury trial”.

-Richard Connema (From his review “A Wild and Brash Production of Sex Rev: The Jose Sarria Experience// Theatre Rhinoceros”, Talkin' Broadway - November 27, 2011)

Written and directed by John Fisher, SexRev stars local talent such as Tom Orr, Carlos Barrera, and Jean Franco, all performing as José during different stages of his life. Some other names of the creative team that is making this production possible are Will Campbell, Stephen Chun, Donald Currie, Sean Keehan, Robert Kittler, Anthony Powers, Lara Rempel, Kent Taylor, Linda Wang, and David Wilson.

SexRev is now playing at the CounterPULSE Theatre on Mission Street, San Francisco through December 4th.

Thursday - Saturday @ 800 PM
Sunday Matinee 12/4 @ 3:00 PM

Venue: CounterPULSE
1310 Mission Street (at 9th Street; Civic Center BART)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Box Office: or (800) 838-3006
TICKETS: $10 - $25

SexRev is produced by Theatre Rhinoceros and is the first production of The Rhino’s 2011-2012 Season.

Art for Aids