By Samantha Mueller
Directed by Nicole Stodard
Stage Management and Design by Bree-Anna Obst and Alyiece Moretto-Watkins
Featuring Stephon Duncan, Angelina Lopez de Catledge, and Jordan Patriarca
“I’ll let everyone in (. . .) This is how we win.”
This special Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Theatre Initiative is made possible by fiscal community sponsors Dolphin Democrats, Human Rights Campaign, Our Fund, National Center For Lesbian Rights , and Word AIDS Museum and by community partners Arts Proud, Ignite Community Services, OutClique, and Thou Art Woman.
Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT), noted for thought-provoking fare and fresh aesthetics, marks ten years in existence this year; however, the pandemic’s closure of theaters nationwide had put all of TCT’s celebrating and programming on indefinite hold, until now. This month TCT is finally back and proudly presenting a digital run of a timely new play, LACED by Samantha Mueller.
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Slated as one of TCT’s five main stage productions for 2020, LACED was always meant to be presented this October. Possibly TCT’s most political play to date, LACED is set on the eve of the 2016 election at a woman-owned, queer bar in Tampa, FL, where a hate crime has just occurred. The play’s resonances with the disturbing state of the nation and the imminent election have compelled TCT’s Artistic and Managing Directors, Nicole Stodard and Bree-Anna Obst, to work that much harder to ensure that LACED be performed as scheduled. This has meant securing new— albeit deeply meaningful—fiscal sponsorship because of the fact that Brown Paper Tickets, the third party ticketing service that TCT utilized for the past decade, has failed to remit thousands of dollars of payment to TCT and countless other arts producers around the country, for programming that occurred before COVID-19 struck. “We are grateful and honored to partner with so many respected, progressive organizations, including Dolphin Democrats, Human Rights Campaign, Our Fund, and the World AIDS Museum. The alignment of this play and these partnerships at this moment represent a powerful convergence of art and politics. We are all vested in effecting change and getting out the vote,” said Stodard.
A steadfast champion of gender, racial and sexual equality on- and off- stage, Thinking Cap Theatre has consistently presented bold, new plays that give voice to marginalized communities: from its very first production, Milkmilklemonade by Joshua Conkel, to Cleansed by Sarah Kane, Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee, and Collective Rage by Jen Silverman. Mueller’ s LACED is a welcome addition to this integral facet of TCT’s programming. 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. Over the course of the play, which alternates between the moments just before and just after the hate crime has occurred, the characters bare their souls as they struggle to understand, clean up, and move forward.
Among the play’s many important messages are confronting discrimination and injustice; giving voice to the most marginalized members of LGBTQ+ Community (BIPOC, Non-Binary, Bisexual, and Woman-Identified); practicing and championing (self)acceptance and empathy;
rebuilding and triumphing after tragedy; exercising your rights; and modeling hope and resilience.
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About the Playwright
Samantha Mueller is a Chicago-born, New York-based playwright. Her most recent play, Laced, was
slated to receive its world premiere in May 2020 with About Face Theater in Chicago and its regional
premiere in Ft. Lauderdale with Thinking Cap Theatre in October. Laced was also a finalist for the
2019 National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center. Mueller’ s play, The Way This
City Bleeds, was a 2017 semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival as well as a 2015 winner of
the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award. Sam is an artistic associate with the NYC theater collective G45
Productions and a proud graduate of Northwestern University, where she first began working with
Seesaw Theatre to create pieces of theater for children with disabilities. She has published two
articles about immersive theater on Howlround, including one about Seesaw’s 2017 production.
6 Performance Dates:
Friday, October 23th, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 24th, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 25th, 7:30pm
Friday, October 30th, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 31st, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 1st, 7:30pm
Running Time: 75 minutes + Talkback after every performance
Virtual Doors at 7pm with a rotation of special guests before & after the show.
All talkbacks will be streamed live on Facebook.
$50 Watch Party of 3+
Patrons will receive a link to the virtual event once they have made reservations.
Thinking Cap Theatre at The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
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