Optimism! or Voltaire's Candide -- 9 Actors Play 70 Roles
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Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner (The Chosen) mounts an encore performance of his latest play at the always-innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre after its runaway success last summer. Helmed by the company's artistic director Howard Shalwitz, this admittedly loose and frequently irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointment ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F***ing Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up." Learn More
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“Spooky Action, while small, brings a grand scale of fun…(to this) thrilling, rambunctious new take on Voltaire…great cast excels at their vocal and physical conjuring spells!” — DC Theatre Scene
“Spooky Action Theater has created a rollicking, laugh-out-loud evening.” — Jessica Vaughan, DC Metro Theater Arts
Voltaire’s work has endured because its excesses continue to speak to our times, and the dazzingly alive Spooky Action Theater production found an exceedingly entertaining way to bring it to life." — Roger Catlin, Maryland Theater Guide
“A Candide adaptation twists the naïf.” — Chris Klimek, Washington City Paper
“Spirited cast performs a rhyming tale of love, death, misfortune, and good, though possibly misplaced, faith. — WAMU
About the Ticket Supplier: Spooky Action TheaterSpooky Action Theater (SAT) is a dynamic, young theater company in Washington, DC. We designed and built a versatile performance space that accommodates multiple seating and staging configurations. Movable walls and audience risers enable us to approach each production with a fresh perspective.
Albert Einstein coined the term spooky action at a distance to describe a bit of quantum mechanics even he found incredible: two particles can become entangled such that, forever after, a change in one is matched by instant change in the other, no matter what the distance between them. Spooky action happens when actors provide a bare framework to be fleshed out by the imagination of the audience, creating the world and action of the play.