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Known for staging bold and boundary-breaking plays in the style of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) has attracted a loyal fan base that appreciates the opportunity to see daring theatre locally – without traveling to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.

“TCT thrives on experimentation, both in terms of the plays we select and how we rehearse and stage them. We challenge conventions and embrace playfulness. This is how we work to keep the art form dynamic and evolving,” explained Nicole Stodard, TCT’s founding artistic director. “The other cornerstone of TCT’s mission has been championing equity and diversity on and off stage.”  

Earlier this year, the company relocated from Fort Lauderdale to nearby Dania Beach to become the resident professional theatre company at Mad Arts, formerly the Gallery of Amazing Things. MAD Arts, a 56,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art venue, strives to support the arts community by helping artists facilitate their ideas and adding its expertise and resources to help them create experiences that may have otherwise been out of their reach.  

“While the company has made some wonderful memories at The Vanguard, we are stoked about the move to MAD Arts. This new home offers us a world of creative possibilities and resources that we’ve never had before. We are grateful and ready,” said Stodard.

Stodard offers a twist on the traditional holiday family gathering with “O Christmas Tree,” Dec. 9 – 21. Described as “an original holiday play with music, inspired by the Florida Christmas tree farm industry about a South Florida family that takes a road trip to a pick-and-cut farm.”  

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