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The Best of All Possible Worlds 


Meet Frank, a man who clings to magical thinking as a way of freeing himself from a world created by power-hungry bullies, even though his journey is filled with the suffering their tyranny has caused.

The Best of All Possible Worlds is based on Voltaire’s satirical classic, Candide, and was developed into a modern-day fantasy by Brooke Harris Wolff and Rick Carter. It’s filled with the teachings of the famous philosopher, Dr. Rutherford, and features his words of “wisdom,” such as:

Too Much of a Good Thing

Crave, consume, indulge and feed,

Desire, achieve, gorge and succeed.

If everything wanted could be fulfilled,

You’d find that the goal isn’t all it is billed.

So drink in the moment, but these words recall:

You have little, or nothing, if you have it all.

Learn more about Brooke

Rick Carter is a fine artist, writer and producer, but he’s best known as a production designer. Winner of two Academy Awards — for Avatar and Lincoln — he has a history of filmmaking that is truly outstanding. Rick has worked as a production designer in collaboration with some of the greatest directors of our time, including Steven Spielberg on The Fabelmans, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park The Post, War of the Worlds, Munich, War Horse, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Amistad; Robert Zemeckis on Forrest Gump, Back to the Future Part II and Part III, Castaway, The Polar Express and What Lies Beneath; James Cameron on Avatar, and JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars films, The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker.

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Talia Spencer is a concept illustrator and concept designer who’s recently worked on Wicked and Borderlands. In 2022, she was nominated by the Art Directors Guild for the “Excellence in Production Design Award” for the period film, The Tragedy of Macbeth. After attending Art Center College of Design, she has had a successful career as a concept designer at various studios including Lionsgate, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures; she currently works for Marvel Studios. In 2021, she worked as a concept illustrator on The Matrix Resurrections and has worked on television shows, including She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and 13 Reasons Why.

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