“Candide suggests that blind optimism, or the idea that everything is part of a grand plan and that all is for the best, is not only absurd but also an excuse for inaction in the face of social injustice. Volatire’s and Berstein’s works remind us what people are capable of at their best—at the very same moment they are showing us what is worst. And in this way, the work manages to be affirmative—even transcendent—in the face of its own cynicism and satiric edge.”
–Mary Zimmerman (director) in An American Classic: Shakespeare Theatre Company
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