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World Premiere

Frankenstein

by Manual Cinema
adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley
concept by Drew Dir
devised by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, & Julia Miller
original music by Kyle Vegter & Ben Kauffman

Nov 01, 2018 — Dec 02, 2018

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“Manual Cinema is talent incarnate” Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

“Incredibly ingenious … Manual Cinema has invented a new genre” Alison Flett, InDaily

Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence.

In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.

Approximate running time: Act One 53 minutes, 15-minute intermission, Act Two 43 minutes.

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Photo: Julia Miller and Sarah Fornace of Manual Cinema (Joe Mazza).

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Live Cinema

To learn more about Manual Cinema’s unique approach to creating theatre, we interviewed Sarah Fornace, Co-Artistic Director of the performance collective and performer in Frankenstein. She shares her thoughts on theatrical adaptation, the legacy of Mary Shelley’s work, and Manual Cinema’s “live cinema” aesthetic.

The Music of Frankenstein

We spoke with two of Manual Cinema’s Co-Artistic Directors, Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter, about the role of music in Frankenstein. Both Kauffman and Vegter bring considerable experience in the worlds of composition and sound design to their work with Manual Cinema, helping to immerse audiences in their storytelling with live instrumentation. Read on to learn about their approach to creating the auditory world of Frankenstein.

Q&A: MANUAL CINEMA

We spoke with Manual Cinema about their innovative, interdisciplinary creative process and how it adds new possibilities to a classic story.