Theatre Department Presents "Candide"


The Suffolk University Theatre Department presents the Boston premiere of Len Jenkin’s imaginative adaptation of Voltaire’s epic comedy Candide, or Optimism, Nov. 16-19, 2006, in the newly renovated C. Walsh Theatre.

Candide is the story of a young man’s battle with optimism in the face of a cruel and unjust world. Jenkin adds a colorful dimension to Voltaire’s biting satire with rich theatricality and slapstick comedy. Veteran professional director and educator Peg Denithorne is on board to tackle Jenkin’s quirky adaptation.  

Introducing Neighborhood Night

Candide, or Optimism will initiate a new tradition in the C. Walsh Theatre: Neighborhood Night. On Thursday, Nov. 16, mention you are a neighbor and pay only $5 for the Opening Night performance.   

In the last year, the 85-year-old  C. Walsh Theatre has undergone the first phase of a five-year renovation plan, which includes technical and aesthetic upgrades. The theater, which originally doubled as a cinema and lecture hall, has become an important venue for student and professional performances .

“We are thrilled to finally have a space that meets the growing needs of the department and the university,” said Theatre Department Chair Marilyn Plotkins. “Candide is a wonderful opportunity to welcome our Beacon Hill neighbors into our beautifully redesigned theater.”


Candide, or Optimism, runs Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov, 19, 2006.

8 p.m. Nov. 16-18
3 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19
C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Beacon Hill, Boston.
General Admission: $15, $5 for Seniors, Students and Suffolk University Community Members with valid ID. Thursday, Nov. 16 is Neighborhood Night: Neighbors pay only $5.
For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please call the Theatre Department Box Office at (617) 573-8680

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Nora Long
Theatre Coordinator

Jim Kaufman
General Manager

Box Office