Candide (or Optimism)

Written by Peter Luby. With characters from Candide by Voltaire, The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, The Lady Or The Tiger? by Frank Stockton, and who knows what else...

illustration for Candide; ou, L'optimisme; (1900)

illustration for Candide; ou, L'optimisme; (1900)

Chapter 1: The Most Dangerous of All Possible Game. 

Candide lives in the best of all possible worlds, where everything happens according to a splendid, orderly providence. So says his wise and worldly teacher, Pangloss. And what other explanation can there be for Candide's magnetic connection to the lovely QJr.?

And more importantly, why is a handcuffed Candide being interrogated by border agents?

Written by Peter Luby, based on Candide by Voltaire and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. 

Voices: Shawn Frambach (Candide), Timmy Mayse (Pangloss), Peter Luby (Narrator), Joey Castro (QJr.), Ben Fort (Border Agent 1), Noa Gavin (Border Agent 2), Anthony Bowling (General Zaroff, QSr.), Richie Lunsford (Rainsford, Student 1), Bethany Fort (Student 2), Lauren Brizendine (Student 3).

Directed by Shawn Frambach. Edited by Ben Fort. Produced by Ben Fort & Peter Luby. "Best of All Possible Worlds" written by Peter Luby.  "Training Montage" written and performed by Peter Luby, music by Ben Fort. "Dream On Cover" by Ben Fort. 

Chapter 2: Poe, Poe, Pitiful Candide.

After receiving devastating news, Candide tries to stay positive as he and Pangloss get recruited to sell questionable nutritional shakes and help build the house of the intimidating Montressor.

Chapter 3: The Candy, or the Tiger?

Candide's journey to find QJr leads him to Resumed Covenant, a zoo-based cult in the Ozark Mountains. It's a great place for those who adhere to Father Toby's apocalyptic views, but zoo-based judgment awaits those who do not.

Chapter 4: Life's a Perfect Gift of the Magi (season finale)

It's Christmas Eve and Candide is not in the best of all possible relationships. With just $1.87, can he find a way to make things right?