Censorship is surging in libraries and schools, and the rights of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ people are increasingly in jeopardy. Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT), a Broward-based, professional nonprofit, dedicated to gender and sexual parity in programming and examining social justice issues through the theatrical medium is doubling down on its mission. This October, the 12-year old, award-winning company will feature a double bill, inspired by the Irish playwright, gay cultural icon, and master of wit, Oscar Wilde.
October 14th – 30th, TCT will present a main stage production of The Importance of Being Oscar by Michael Mac Liammoir. This award-winning play, originally conceived as a one-person show in the1960s, is a dazzling tapestry woven from Wilde’s diaries, letters, plays, fiction, and poetry. In TCT’s vibrant revival, three actors will channel Oscar and a host of other characters to explore how Wilde’s legacy resonates in today’s much more diverse gender and sexually diverse landscape. “TCT thrives on experimentation and inclusivity, in terms of the plays we select and how we rehearse and stage them. We cast carefully, challenge conventions, and embrace playfulness and innovation. This is how we do our part to celebrate diversity and keep the art form evolving in spite of both enduring gender and genre bias in the profession” says Stodard. At The Importance of Being Oscar, audiences can expect a thoughtful, thought-provoking, highly entertaining romp through Wilde’s life and work. TCT’s Artistic Director Nicole Stodard will direct a cast that includes Ronnie Larsen, Bree-Anna Obst, and Travon Pierre. TCT’s resident scenic designer Alyiece Moretto-Watkins (set) and Matthew Griffin (lighting) will join Stodard (costume, co-sound/projection) and Obst (co-sound/projection) to form the design team.
As a complement to the main stage show, TCT proudly presents The Importance of Being Me, a one day only event on Sunday, October 23rd at 1pm that includes a reception, visual art exhibit, and live performances of poetry, short plays, and songs created by LGBTQ youth from around the country. This event marks the culmination of a nationwide initiative that TCT began in July. Thirty youth from 13 states including Florida have participated in this program, which has included virtual workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and rehearsals to support the youth in creating self-affirming art inspired by Wilde’s legacy. The Importance of Being Me was made possible thanks to the support of numerous South Florida organizations committed to serving the LGBTQ community, including fiscal sponsors Our Fund Foundation, Broward Sheriff’s Office, MAD Arts, and World AIDS Museum and community partners Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, The Pride Center at Equality Park, Thou Art Woman, Transinclusive Group, and TransSocial Inc. The visual art exhibit will be on display throughout the run of The Importance of Being Oscar; however, the live performance and reception will take place only on Sunday, October 23rd. Tickets are a pay-what-you-can donation, and 50% of the proceeds will go towards supporting TransSocial Inc.’s Medicaid Relief Program to help with medication co-pays for transgender and gender non-conforming South Florida residents who have been impacted by the August ruling.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING OSCAR
By Michael Mac Liammoir
Friday, October 14th, 8:00PM (Opening)
Sunday, October 30th, 4PM (Closing)
Wednesdays (October 19 & 26), Fridays (October 14, 21, 28) and Saturdays (October 15, 22, 29) at 8PM
Sundays (October 16, 23,30) at 4PM
$10 Student Rush Tickets at the Door for 25 & Under w/ Valid Student ID
Ticket Link: http://thinkingcaptheatre.eventbrite.com
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ME
October 14 – 30, National Visual Art Exhibit by LGBTQ Youth
Sunday, October 23rd, 1:00PM (One Day Only Event with Reception, Visual Art Exhibit, and Live Performances)
Tickets are a Pay-What-You-Can-Donation (50% of proceeds will go to Thinking Cap Theatre, Inc., and 50% of proceeds will go to TransSocial Inc.’s Medicaid Relief Program to help with medication co-pays for transgender and gender non-conforming South Florida residents who have been impacted by the August ruling.
Ticket Link: https://theimportanceofbeingme.eventbrite.com
TCT and MAD Arts Venue Information
Theatre Company Website: http://thinkingcaptheatre.org
Box Office Phone: 954-610-7263
Venue Address: Mad Arts, 481 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, FL 33004
Venue Website: https://www.yeswearemadarts.com