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Mar
1
Wed
Mementos Mori @ The University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
Mar 1 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

When Death takes an unexpected holiday, an elderly film projectionist finds a new lease on life; a ghost explores the afterlife with her iPhone; and a seven-year-old girl discovers her own mortality. In Manual Cinema’s most ambitious show to date, a cast of six puppeteers use hundreds of paper puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras, and three screens to create a live “movie” in front of the audience. Accompanied by four musicians and live sound effects, the result is a rich mosaic of cinematic storytelling all performed live with puppets. Mementos Mori is a lively, beguiling meditation on death and dying.

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Manual Cinema- Mementos Mori (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
11
Sat
Magic City @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 11 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Magic City
January 31 – February 19
Ideal for ages 7 and up
By Manual Cinema
Commissioned and Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre
Adapted from “The Magic City,” by Elizabeth Nesbit

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About this Show
Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel, Manual Cinema’s Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys, and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister (and only legal guardian) Helen announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of Helen’s fiancé, Brandon. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother Lucas, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that his city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.

Told with wit, insight, and imagination, Magic City was one of the first “modern” fantasy novels. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of Magic City will update the novel for a contemporary retelling.

Mar
12
Sun
Magic City @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Magic City
January 31 – February 19
Ideal for ages 7 and up
By Manual Cinema
Commissioned and Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre
Adapted from “The Magic City,” by Elizabeth Nesbit

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About this Show
Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel, Manual Cinema’s Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys, and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister (and only legal guardian) Helen announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of Helen’s fiancé, Brandon. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother Lucas, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that his city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.

Told with wit, insight, and imagination, Magic City was one of the first “modern” fantasy novels. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of Magic City will update the novel for a contemporary retelling.

Mar
13
Mon
Magic City @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 13 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Magic City
January 31 – February 19
Ideal for ages 7 and up
By Manual Cinema
Commissioned and Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre
Adapted from “The Magic City,” by Elizabeth Nesbit

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About this Show
Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel, Manual Cinema’s Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys, and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister (and only legal guardian) Helen announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of Helen’s fiancé, Brandon. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother Lucas, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that his city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.

Told with wit, insight, and imagination, Magic City was one of the first “modern” fantasy novels. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of Magic City will update the novel for a contemporary retelling.

Mar
14
Tue
Lula Del Ray @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 14 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
15
Wed
Lula Del Ray @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 15 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
16
Thu
Lula Del Ray @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 16 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
20
Mon
Ada/Ava @ The Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth, FL)
Mar 20 @ 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM

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Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada marks time in the patterns of a life built for two, until a mirror maze initiates a journey across the thresholds of life and death. “This Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty…” hails The New York Times. True to its name, Manual Cinema brings handspun cinema to life in real time using intimate, unassuming technologies. With vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, actors, live-feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and an onstage music ensemble, Manual Cinema creates cinematic wonderment imbued with immediacy, ingenuity, and theatricality—all within audience view.

Mar
23
Thu
Ada/Ava @ Opening Nights, Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Mar 23 @ 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

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Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada marks time in the patterns of a life built for two, until a mirror maze initiates a journey across the thresholds of life and death. “This Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty…” hails The New York Times. True to its name, Manual Cinema brings handspun cinema to life in real time using intimate, unassuming technologies. With vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, actors, live-feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and an onstage music ensemble, Manual Cinema creates cinematic wonderment imbued with immediacy, ingenuity, and theatricality—all within audience view.

Mar
31
Fri
Lula Del Ray @ Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville, AR)
Mar 31 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Lula Del Ray @ Capitol Theatre, Overture Center for The Arts (Madison, WI)
Mar 31 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
1
Wed
Mementos Mori @ The University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
Mar 1 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

When Death takes an unexpected holiday, an elderly film projectionist finds a new lease on life; a ghost explores the afterlife with her iPhone; and a seven-year-old girl discovers her own mortality. In Manual Cinema’s most ambitious show to date, a cast of six puppeteers use hundreds of paper puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras, and three screens to create a live “movie” in front of the audience. Accompanied by four musicians and live sound effects, the result is a rich mosaic of cinematic storytelling all performed live with puppets. Mementos Mori is a lively, beguiling meditation on death and dying.

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Manual Cinema- Mementos Mori (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
11
Sat
Magic City @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 11 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Magic City
January 31 – February 19
Ideal for ages 7 and up
By Manual Cinema
Commissioned and Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre
Adapted from “The Magic City,” by Elizabeth Nesbit

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About this Show
Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel, Manual Cinema’s Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys, and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister (and only legal guardian) Helen announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of Helen’s fiancé, Brandon. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother Lucas, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that his city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.

Told with wit, insight, and imagination, Magic City was one of the first “modern” fantasy novels. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of Magic City will update the novel for a contemporary retelling.

Mar
12
Sun
Magic City @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Magic City
January 31 – February 19
Ideal for ages 7 and up
By Manual Cinema
Commissioned and Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre
Adapted from “The Magic City,” by Elizabeth Nesbit

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About this Show
Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel, Manual Cinema’s Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys, and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister (and only legal guardian) Helen announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of Helen’s fiancé, Brandon. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother Lucas, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that his city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.

Told with wit, insight, and imagination, Magic City was one of the first “modern” fantasy novels. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of Magic City will update the novel for a contemporary retelling.

Mar
13
Mon
Magic City @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 13 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Magic City
January 31 – February 19
Ideal for ages 7 and up
By Manual Cinema
Commissioned and Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre
Adapted from “The Magic City,” by Elizabeth Nesbit

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About this Show
Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel, Manual Cinema’s Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys, and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister (and only legal guardian) Helen announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of Helen’s fiancé, Brandon. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother Lucas, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she’s ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that his city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.

Told with wit, insight, and imagination, Magic City was one of the first “modern” fantasy novels. Using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of Magic City will update the novel for a contemporary retelling.

Mar
14
Tue
Lula Del Ray @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 14 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
15
Wed
Lula Del Ray @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 15 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
16
Thu
Lula Del Ray @ The Adelaide Festival (Australia)
Mar 16 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Mar
20
Mon
Ada/Ava @ The Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth, FL)
Mar 20 @ 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM

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Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada marks time in the patterns of a life built for two, until a mirror maze initiates a journey across the thresholds of life and death. “This Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty…” hails The New York Times. True to its name, Manual Cinema brings handspun cinema to life in real time using intimate, unassuming technologies. With vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, actors, live-feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and an onstage music ensemble, Manual Cinema creates cinematic wonderment imbued with immediacy, ingenuity, and theatricality—all within audience view.

Mar
23
Thu
Ada/Ava @ Opening Nights, Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Mar 23 @ 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

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Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada marks time in the patterns of a life built for two, until a mirror maze initiates a journey across the thresholds of life and death. “This Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty…” hails The New York Times. True to its name, Manual Cinema brings handspun cinema to life in real time using intimate, unassuming technologies. With vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, actors, live-feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and an onstage music ensemble, Manual Cinema creates cinematic wonderment imbued with immediacy, ingenuity, and theatricality—all within audience view.

Mar
31
Fri
Lula Del Ray @ Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville, AR)
Mar 31 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.

Lula Del Ray @ Capitol Theatre, Overture Center for The Arts (Madison, WI)
Mar 31 @ 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray tells the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in a mid-century American Southwest setting. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with the country music duo the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and encounters a world of danger, deception, and disappointment along the way. The production features an original score inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline.

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Manual Cinema – Lula del Ray (Official Trailer) from Manual Cinema on Vimeo.