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Manual Cinemas Lula del Ray

Lula del Ray

Lula Del Ray is performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. Told almost entirely sans dialogue, Lula del Ray is the story of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother on the outskirts of a vast satellite array in the middle of the desert. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo, the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment.

Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story.

Premiered in 2012

Conceived by Julia Miller
Based on original text by Brendan Hill

Honors & Awards

NY Times Critics Pick logo
Under the Radar
LAUREL OVERALL EXCELLENCE
LAUREL LULA CHI MOVIES MUSIC
THEATRE TECH AWARDS LULA NEW

Credits

Conceived by Julia Miller

Based on original text by Brendan Hill

Production

Directed & Designed by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller

Original Sound Design by Kyle Vegter with Ben Kauffman

Original Score by Kyle Vegter & Ben Kauffman with Maren Celest, Michael Hilger, & Jacob Winchester

Shadow Mask Design by Julia Miller

Puppeteers

Sarah Fornace (Lula del Ray)

Julia Miller (Lula’s Mother)

Lizi Breit

Evan Garrett

Musicians

Maren Celest (Live Sound Effects, Vocals)

Michael Hilger (Guitar, Percussion, Vocals)

Kyle Vegter (Cello, Vocals)

Jacob Winchester (Guitar, Bass)

Additional Cast

Drew Dir (Puppeteer)

Sam Deutsch (Puppeteer)

Charlotte Long (Lula del Ray)

Sara Sawicki (Lula’s Mother)

Myra Su (Puppeteer)

Alex Ellsworth (Cello, Vocals)

Ben Kauffman (Guitar, Bass)

Izzy Olive (Live Sound Effects, Vocals)

Eric Streichert (Guitar, Percussion, Vocals)

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