Thinking Cap Theatre will mark its tenth anniversary and celebrate its return after a pandemic-induced hiatus with three poignant virtual plays through November. The Fort Lauderdale-based community theatre will host Samantha Mueller’s Laced (October 23 to 25 and October 30 to November 1, all at 7:30 p.m.) and two suffrage-themed events to usher in the election: Meet the ‘Gettes (October 24 and November 1) and “A Baby, A Birdcage & The Ballot Box: A Play Reading of Suffragette Comedies” (October 27 and November 2).
Laced is set on the eve of the 2016 election at a woman-owned, queer bar in Tampa, where a hate crime has just occurred. The play centers on three characters, Minnow (Angelina Lopez de Catledge), Cat (Jordan Patriarca), and Audra (Stephon Duncan), whom audiences first meet amidst the debris of a terrifying incident and who bare their souls as they struggle to understand, clean up, and move forward. Tickets cost $17.50 to $50 and audiences can purchase tickets and reserve their spots for the virtual show here.
As a champion for gender, racial, and sexual equality in the community and on-stage, Thinking Cap Theatre presents plays that offer platforms for marginalized communities. Mueller’s Laced is embodies this integral facet of the theatre’s programming.
To continue the theme of representation and to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Thinking Cap will present Meet The ‘Gettes on Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, November 1, both at 2 p.m. This family-friendly performance is a playful tribute to 10 leading figures of the women’s suffrage movement. With an original script that interweaves primary historical documents and contemporary insights, Thinking Cap’s team of artists bring Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Ida B. Wells Barnett, Mary Terrell, Alice Paul, and Cathy Chapman Catt to life. Guests can purchase tickets and reserve their spots for the virtual show here.
To round out the timely offerings, Thinking Cap Theatre will present theatrical readings of A Suffragette Baby (1912) by Alice C. Thompson and The Parrot Cage (1914) by Mary Shaw “A Baby, A Birdcage & The Ballot Box: A Play Reading of Suffragette Comedies” on Tuesday, October 27, and Monday, November 2, both at 7:30 p.m. Dubbed “parlor plays,” these short comedies were privately printed and originally intended for amateur performance at home in people’s parlors. In the late 1970s, while doing research at Radcliffe College, scholar Bettina Friedl rediscovered these treasures and compiled them into a special edition. These dramatic gems humorously and pointedly tackle issues like the work/life balance dilemma and socially-prescribed gender roles. Viewers can expect to enjoy some laughs and marvel at both how far we’ve come and how we’ve still to go in the journey for equal human rights. Guests can purchase tickets and reserve their spots for the virtual show here.