The End of TV

Told as a song cycle with live visuals, and set in the post-industrial Rust Belt, Manual Cinema’s “The End of TV” peers through the neon reflections of late 20th century advertising and television culture and into the American imagination as it existed at the onset of the internet age. The show takes as its subject and form the very first screen to dot the American landscape – where a troubled country first gazed through analog fuzz and into itself, or what it desperately wanted itself to be.


Screenplay by: Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman
Adapted for the screen by: Lizi Breit, Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller, Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter
Direction and Storyboards by: Julia Miller
Music and Sound Design: Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter
Puppet Designer: Lizi Breit
Associate Puppet Designer and Story Board Artist: Drew Dir
Assistant Director: Sarah Fornace
Costumes by: Mieka van der Ploeg
Lighting Design by: Claire Chrzan
Masks by: Julia Miller
Stage Manager: Shelby Glasgow
Production Manager: Mike Usrey
Puppet build interns: Zofia Lu Ya Zhang and Kathryn Ann Shivak


Kara Davidson (Flo/Puppeteer)
Aneisa Hicks (Louise/Puppeteer)
Jeffry Paschal (Ensemble/Puppeteer)
Vanessa Valliere (Ensemble/Puppeteer)
Maren Celest (Vocals, Live Sound FX, Live Video Mixing)
Deidre Huckabay (Flute, Vocals)
Ben Kauffman (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard)
Lia Kohl (Cello, Vocals)
Marques Toliver (Vocals, Violin)

Upcoming Performances

June 16, 2017
End of TV Preview – Lake Placid, NY
Lake Placid Center for The Arts

June 19-22, 2017
End of TV Premiere – New Haven, CT
International Festival of Arts & Ideas

June 24, 2017
End of TV – Columbia, MD
Columbia Festival of the Arts