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Manual Cinema—Lula del Ray

Saturday, February 11, 8:00 p.m.,
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 p.m.

About the Program

L.A. premiere! Don’t miss this limited engagement of Manual Cinema’s critically acclaimed show Lula del Ray, praised by the New York Times as “enchanting ... dreamy in all senses of the word.” The Chicago-based ensemble uses overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music.

Inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline and set in the American Southwest of the 1950s, Lula del Ray is the tale of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother in the middle of the desert. Be mesmerized by this mythic reinvention of the coming-of-age story.

Stick around after the show! Following both performances, meet Manual Cinema and learn more about their creative processes.

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About the Creative Team

Manual Cinema is a performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company founded in 2010 by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. Their work has been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tehran International Puppet Festival, La Monnaie-De Munt, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Noorderzon Festival, The O, Miami Poetry Festival, Davies Symphony Hall, the Ace Hotel Theater, Handmade Worlds Puppet Festival, The Screenwriters’ Colony in Nantucket, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Future of Storytelling Conference, the NYC Fringe Festival, the Poetry Foundation, the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival, the Puppeteers of America: Puppet Festival (R)evolution, and elsewhere around the world. Lula del Ray was conceived by Julia Miller, based on original text by Brendan Hill, designed and directed by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, and Julia Miller, with original sound design by Kyle Vegter with Ben Kauffman, and an original score by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman with Maren Celest, Michael Hilger, and Jacob Winchester.

More to Explore

Watch the official trailer for Manual Cinema's Lula del Ray.