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.
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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.
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
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.