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Set in the late 90s against the backdrop of constant channel switching, The End of TV (JAN 16 – 27) recreates a handful of iconic QVC moments and shows from the decade. By using live-video feeds, green screen and a flurry of costume changes and props, the company of Manual Cinema literally re-produces the TV spots in front of audiences, projecting the final product on a screen hanging above the action. With nearly a frame by frame…

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The Poland that the world knows today is relatively new, with several revolutions and occupations scattered throughout the country’s thousand year history; the story of the country and its changing borders and governments create a complicated cultural timeline, with pieces of Polish literature, music, art and other artifacts lost to time. Here’s a very brief look through some of Poland’s historical milestones. The Baptism of a Polish State In the mid 10th century, Duke Mieszko…

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Although you may not know his name, you certainly know his work. English film and stage director and producer Stephen Daldry has worked on a number of critically-acclaimed and award-winning pieces, including Billy Elliot, The Hours–starring Meryl Streep–and Netflix’s The Crown. He has directed plays that have opened in London’s West End, the Royal National Theatre, and on Broadway. Daldry even created elements of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for 2012 London Olympics and is even…

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Manual Cinema’s The End of TV continues to entrance audiences with live video feeds, shadow puppetry using overhead projectors and original music to tell the story of unlikely friendship amid the static during the late 1990s. Peter Sagal, from NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me tweeted this week, “I saw my first play at age 8. I’ve seen work by Robert Wilson, Pina Bausch, Richard Foreman, Reza Abdoh, Wooster Group, and more. I’ve never seen anything as delightfully…

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Manual Cinema’s The End of TV explores the unexpected friendship between two women–one an elderly white woman who is obsessed with television home shopping and the other a young black woman who delivers for Meals on Wheels–both living in a declining Midwestern city during the late 1990s. This stunning performance juxtaposes the bleak setting of the rust belt with the loud vibrancy of TV home shopping programs and commercials. The End of TV opens this…

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