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Directed by Jason Ballweber
Writen by Voltaire
Adapted by Nick Ryan

August 3-11, 2012
Presented at the
Minnesota Fringe Festival
U of M Thrust

Fri, 8/3 @ 5:30pm
Sat, 8/4 @ 5:30pm
Mon, 8/6 @ 10pm
Fri, 8/10 @ 7pm
Sat, 8/11 @ 5:30pm

"I've got to get on this horse and I've only got one buttock to ride on!"
- The Old Woman

A young man indoctrinated by the philosophy of the day. A philosopher dead certain in his reasoning. And a world that refuses to be constrained by reason of any kind.

Using Voltaire's classic 18th century novel Candide, playwright Nick Ryan and Director Jason Ballweber bring us a comedy concerning floggings, rape, justifiable homicide, ship travel, earthquakes, tempests, Bulgar soldiers, French surgeons, Grand Inquisitors, Barons, Jews, Christians, Jesuits, mass murder, death, desire, artistic critique, fallen kings, the lost city of El Dorado, public execution, storytelling, and the general joy and suffering one finds within this, the best of all possible worlds.

According to playwright Nick Ryan, "Candide has proven a joy to adapt thus far and immensely relevant to the world we find ourselves in today... the process has largely consisted of me stepping out of Voltaire's way!"

Featuring Christian Bardin, Anna Hickey, Ryan Lear, Brant Miller and Matt Spring.

Praise for Nick Ryan:

"So pleasing to the palate... stir(s) in fantastical elements to absurd extremes... with the antic pace of a picaresque Henry Fielding novel..."
- New York Times review of Ryan's 'Le Gourmand or Gluttony!'

"Thrilling, engrossing, amusing, and brisk, with masterfully overlapping and interwoven stories..."
- Nytheater.com review of Ryan's 'Endurance'

Design.:Development - Ryan Lear