Aug 27–Oct 31
Oct 31
Sun
Frankenstein

Berkeley, CA

Nov 26–Jan 03
Christmas Carol

virtual program

Jan 29–Feb 27
Mar 19
Sat
The Magic City

Chicago, IL

Jul–Dec 2021

2021 / 2022
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Aug 27—Oct 31

Candyman

In Theaters August 27!

Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: Candyman. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic featuring shadow puppetry by Manual Cinema.  more info

Sep 03—Sep 04

No Blue Memories

Worcester, MA (FREE!)
Arts Transcending Borders, College of the Holy Cross

THE LIFE OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks brings to life the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures. She was an icon, a poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner—but she was also a treasured educator and mentor to the countless writers and children who knew her as their very own “Miss Brooks.” Weaving together poetry, storytelling, sound design, original music, and striking visuals, No Blue Memories is an exploration of Brooks’s beloved city and a story of how she navigated identity, craft, and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history. The performance combines intricate paper puppetry, live actors working in shadow, and an original score for an unforgettable multi-media experience.  more info

Sep 04
Sat
7:30 pm–9 pm
Sep 03
Fri
7:30 pm–9 pm
Oct 04—Sep 15

Leonardo and Sam* The Film!

School Only On Demand Streaming
Segerstrom Center for the Arts

*THE TERRIBLE MONSTER AND THE MOST SCAREDY-CAT KID IN THE WHOLE WORLD, RESPECTIVELY  more info

Oct 31
Sun

Frankenstein

Berkeley, CA
Cal Performances
3 pm–4:15 pm

Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways as Manual Cinema presents its thrilling version of the classic Gothic tale Frankenstein. The Chicago-based performance collective imaginatively combines shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, sound effects, and live music in haunting shows like nothing else you’ve ever seen.   more info

Nov 26—Jan 03

Christmas Carol

virtual program

In this world premiere online event created for audiences of all ages, interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic with a visually inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home.   more info

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