Optimism! or Voltaire's Candide -- 9 Actors Play 70 Roles
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This warmhearted, humorous play that won Alfred Uhry the 1988 Pulitzer looks at the unexpected friendship between a fiercely independent Southern white woman and her African-American chauffeur. It's 1948, and after Daisy, an elderly Jewish widow who lives in Atlanta, has a driving mishap in which her automobile is demolished, her son hires Hoke Colburn to be her driver. Initially resistant, Miss Daisy gradually starts to accept Hoke over time, and an unlikely friendship begins to grow between the two. Ultimately a sweet tale of the transformative power of true friendship, the play also touches on the racism and prejudice that permeated the South at the time. Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette (called the Meryl Streep of Washington theater) and Craig Wallace return to Ford's to perform in this beloved classic. 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.