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Theatre for Thought – CANCELED

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Sponsored by :  UF Health

Effective immediately through at least Monday, March 30th, all events at UF Performing Arts venues have been canceled, postponed or rescheduled. This includes all events at: The Phillips Center, Squitieri Studio Theatre, University Auditorium, and the Baughman Center. Additionally, some events at our venues that fall outside of this date range have been affected.

We have created a page on our website for a full list of policies, procedures, and FAQs related to COVID-19, including information on processing refunds and exchanges. Please continue to visit this page for up-to-date information.


Our newly minted “Theatre for Thought” series will present internationally-acclaimed solo performers, who engage serious subjects with humor, intelligence and insight.

Theatre can do so much. It can entertain, transport, or challenge – that’s Theatre for Thought – and it’s coming to our stage.

Thursday, April 2:
(Ticket admits you to both performances.)
Expiration Date – Candy Simmons @ 7:00pm
Smoker – Bob Brader @ 8:30pm

Friday, April 3:
(Ticket admits you to both performances.)
Smoker – Bob Brader @ 7:00pm
Operatic Panic Attack – TJ Dawe @ 8:30pm

Saturday, April 4:
(Ticket admits you to both performances.)
Operatic Panic Attack – TJ Dawe @ 7:00pm
Expiration Date – Candy Simmons @ 8:30pm


Smoker (Bob Brader)

SMOKER is award-winning New York monologist Bob Brader’s acclaimed solo comedy about his 28-year love affair with smoking and how they broke up. As he tries to leave his first love: “those sweet Camel lights” Bob realizes all the complex connections he has through smoking: how it helped him through a turbulent childhood, created jobs, opportunities and community, and one particular connection almost too precious to let go. At once hilarious and cautionary, SMOKER is pertinent for anyone who has ever experienced an addiction and universal enough to appeal to those who haven’t. The London Free Press proclaimed: “SMOKER is Addictive Theatre: compelling theatre fueled by Brader’s masterful storytelling and acting talent, a show that must not be missed! 

Please Note: This performance may contain mature content.

Operatic Panic Attack (TJ Dawe)

As a college student TJ Dawe discovered the beauty and over-the-top passion of opera as he fought to stave off massive panic attacks. In OPERATIC PANIC ATTACK, he explores anxiety disorder with humor, compassion and a look at how music can be a catalyst for change and healing.

“Dawe has storytelling down to a fine art”
— Vancouver Sun

Please Note: This performance may contain mature content.

Expiration Date (Candy Simmons)

Lucille is a young woman struggling through the realities of a terminal diagnosis. EXPIRATION DATE, a one-woman play created and performed by frequent Fringe Festival performer Candy Simmons, investigates the attitudes and fears that come with death and dying in America.

Lucille’s journey offers an unsentimental, raw, irreverent, and darkly-comedic peek into one woman’s journey into the great unknown.

“…a wry, moving, poignant and funny experience. For a gifted actor such as Simmons, this is a showcase of strength and talent.”
— Star Tribune

Please Note: This performance may contain mature content.

Presented in partnership with UF Health Arts in Medicine initiative
Staging Wellness: Live Performance and Public Health

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