Calendar


Feb
23
Fri
Ada/Ava @ Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
Feb 23 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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
4
Sun
The Magic City @ UC Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
Mar 4 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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
8
Thu
Lula Del Ray @ Hakawy International Arts Festival (Cairo, Egypt)
Mar 8 – Mar 11 all-day

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.

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

Mar
13
Tue
Ada/Ava @ University of Colorado (Colorado Springs, CO)
Mar 13 @ 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

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
16
Fri
Ada/Ava @ Cal Performances (Berkeley, CA)
Mar 16 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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
18
Sun
The Magic City @ Valley Performing Arts Center (Northridge, CA)
Mar 18 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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
20
Tue
Ada/Ava @ The Moore Theater, Seattle Theatre Group (Seattle, WA)
Mar 20 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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
29
Thu
Ada/Ava @ UT Presents (Salt Lake City, UT)
Mar 29 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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.

Apr
5
Thu
Lula Del Ray @ Savannah Music Festival (Savannah, GA)
Apr 5 @ 8:30 PM – 9:45 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.

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

Apr
7
Sat
The Magic City @ Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)
Apr 7 @ 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

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.

Lula Del Ray @ First Works (Providence, RI)
Apr 7 @ 8:00 PM – 9:15 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.

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

Apr
8
Sun
The Magic City @ Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)
Apr 8 @ 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

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.

Apr
12
Thu
Ada/Ava @ Holland Tour
Apr 12 – May 18 all-day

Check out our Holland tour dates here!

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.

Tour info:

14 Apr 2018  Meppel, Schouwburg Ogterop
15 Apr 2018  Leopoldsburg, CC Leopoldsburg
17 Apr 2018  Zaandam, Zaantheater
18 Apr 2018  Alkmaar, TAQA, Theater de Vest
19 Apr 2018  Drachten, De Lawei
20 Apr 2018  Assen, Theater De Nieuwe Kolk
21 Apr 2018  Leiden , Leidse Schouwburg
22 Apr 2018  Ternat, CC De Plotter
24 Apr 2018  Delft, Theater de Veste
25 Apr 2018  Nieuwegein, De Kom
26 Apr 2018  Evergem, Cultuurcentrum Evergem
27 Apr 2018  Dendermonde, CC Belgica
28 Apr 2018  Bruges, Cultuurcentrum Brugge
29 Apr 2018 Heist op de Berg, CC Zwanenberg
01 May 2018  Wageningen, Junushoff
02 May 2018  Beveren, CC Ter Vesten
03 May 2018  Roeselare, De Spil
04 May 2018  Grimbergen, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek
05 May 2018  Waregem, Cultuurcentrum De Schakel
06 May 2018  Zaventem, CC De Factor
08 May 2018  Gouda, De Goudse Schouwburg
10 May 2018 Amsterdam, Meervaart
11 May 2018  Arnhem, Musis & Stadstheater Arnhem
12 May 2018  Groningen, Stadsschouwburg
13 May 2018  Sittard, De Domijnen
15 May 2018  Den Bosch, Theater aan de Parade
16 May 2018 Leeuwarden, De Harmonie
17 May 2018  Leeuwarden, De Harmonie
18 May 2018  Leeuwarden, De Harmonie

May
4
Fri
Lula Del Ray @ Playhouse Square (Cleveland, OH)
May 4 @ 11:00 AM – 12:15 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.

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