APR 12 - 14, 2019

"A fascinating theatergoing experience blending live music..and shadow puppetry”- New Haven Register

Manual Cinema’s Mementos Mori

“…this Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty…” – The New York Times Critics’ Pick

The Broad Stage - Main Stage


Mementos Mori is a dynamic, beguiling meditation on death and dying. In Manual Cinema’s most ambitious show to date, a cast of six puppeteers use hundreds of paper puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras and three screens to create a live “movie” in front of the audience. Accompanied by four musicians and live sound effects, the result is a rich mosaic of cinematic storytelling, all performed live with puppets.

Program notes available here.

Peak Behind the Curtain As Manual Cinema Discusses How They Create Their Live Films

The Los Angeles Time explores how Manual Cinema’s live films have more to them than making shadows. Learn more about their innovative process here

Theatre at The Broad Stage is made possible in part by generous gifts from Bill & Laurie Benenson and Susan Stockel. 


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