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PARKING PARTNERS

1990s

Next month, ArtsEmerson welcomes back Manual Cinema with The End of TV, as we witness a friendship unfold between two women. Flo, an elderly woman suffering from the onset of dementia, and Louise, a younger African-American woman recovering from economic hardship, have seemingly different life experiences. Despite their differences, both women worked at the same local factory; Flo, during World War II, and Louise, just recently laid off. This connection prompted us to look into…

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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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It has been almost a year since Chicago-based theatre troupe Manual Cinema stunned Boston with their magical performance of Ada/Ava. This multimedia masterpiece, which showcased Manual Cinema’s unique use of shadow puppetry, live-action silhouettes and overhead projections, ran for a brief yet sold out weekend in January 2018. Audiences were “blown-away” by Manual Cinema’s ability to “create a new art form” and raved about the beauty and poignancy of the show. WBUR remarked, “In the…

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