Long Center Presents

Manual Cinema: Lula del Ray

Sep 13 - Sep 14

Event Details

  • Wed, Sep. 13
    7:30 pm
  • Thu, Sep. 14
    7:30 pm
  • Thu, Sep. 14
    10:00 pm

All Ages

The Long Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to broadening the appreciation and enhancing the enjoyment of the cultural arts.



The Long Center presents Manual Cinema: Lula Del Ray September 13 – 14 in Rollins Studio Theatre.

Lula Del Ray is performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. Alluringly lo-fi and told almost entirely sans dialogue, Lula del Ray is the story of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother on the outskirts of a vast satellite array in the middle of the desert. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo, the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment.

Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula Del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story.

Lula Del Ray was developed at the University of Chicago in the Theater and Performance Studies Program where Manual Cinema served as Ensemble-in-Residence in the Summer and Fall of 2012.

About Manual Cinema

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. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen. Using vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and imbues it with liveness, ingenuity, and theatricality. Manual Cinema has performed at and collaborated with venues, museums and festivals all over the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Kennedy Center, The Tehran International puppet Festival in Iran, and The Noorderson Festival in the Netherlands.


Live-To-Picture is a celebration of the music and movies we love, an expansion of the cinematic experiences we crave. The heartfelt, the experimental, the fantastical, the brooding–the combination of sight and sound in a darkened theater is unlike any other. With our partners, we’re bringing you the best of sound and screen in live, multi-media experience so that we can relive the anticipation and the awe all over again. Together. See the rest of our Live-To-Picture series happening this season, including and Star Wars: A New Hope.

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