Optimism! or Voltaire's Candide -- 9 Actors Play 70 Roles
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A reclusive librarian -- the sole character -- finds a book that is 123 years overdue. When he opens it and finds a ticket for a Chinese laundry in London, his curiosity compels him to redeem the ticket leading him to another clue that sends him around the world on a global quest to track down the book's original borrower in Underneath the Lintel. Played by Paul Morella, the Librarian uncovers a mystery that seems to transcend the ages, but are the results due to investigation or madness? Underneath the Lintel is a moving journey of self-discovery where faith and facts intersect. 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.