Friday, October 12, 2018

Halloween Party and First Look at Court Theatre's Frankenstein By Manual Cinema 10/31/18

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Court Theatre Hosts Halloween Party for
the World Premiere of
By Manual Cinema, adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley

Tickets on sale now for special Halloween performance of Frankenstein

Manual Cinema is a favorite of ours here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows. We can't wait to see their take on Mary Shelley's classic, just in time for the 200 year anniversary of Frankenstein's publication. Want to be one of the first to see it? Court Theatre is hosting a Halloween Party that includes a first look at the show! 

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, gives audiences a first look at the World Premiere of Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein this Halloween. On October 31, be the very first to experience Manual Cinema’s world premiere production of Frankenstein at the final dress rehearsal. Before the show, partake in a frightfully fun Halloween party hosted by the caped and cursed at Court Theatre. Compete in our ghoulishly glamorous costume contest and enjoy horror d’oeuvres and a creepy cocktail on us. With enough candy to raise the dead, this is one party you don’t want to miss. The festivities begin at 6:30pm at Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave in Hyde Park.

The World Premiere of this immersive take on the thrilling gothic tale Frankenstein by Manual Cinema, is adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein is devised by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, and Julia Miller, with concept by Drew Dir and original music by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman. Be the first to see Manual Cinema’s new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, in a production that merges stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster to expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence. Frankenstein runs November 1 – December 2, 2018 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.

Stick around after the show for a behind-the-screens conversation with Manual Cinema, interact with the artists and learn more about the innovative way they tell stories.

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. Manual Cinema is a performance collective and film production company, founded in part by former Court dramaturg Drew Dir.  

Tickets, priced $75, include the pre-show party with drinks, Horror d’oeuvres, and plenty of candy, plus the performance and post-show experience with the artists. Receive $5 off per ticket when purchasing two or more. Season subscribers may be eligible for $65 tickets. Tickets are available at the Court Theatre box office (5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago), by calling (773) 753-4472, or online at

Dates: Halloween Party:   October 31, 2018 at 7:30pm
Previews: November 1 - 9, 2018
Press Opening: Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:30pm
Regular Run: November 11 – December 2, 2018
Schedule: Wed/Thurs/Fri: 7:30 p.m.
Sat/Sun: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Location: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.
$75 Halloween Party
$38-$56 previews
$50-$74 regular run

Box Office: Located at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago; (773) 753-4472 or

 Court Theatre’s 2018/19 season is dedicated to Court’s late Executive Director, Stephen J. Albert.

Subscription Information
Three, four, and five-play subscriptions to Court’s 2018/19 season range from $96 to $300 and are on sale now. To purchase a subscription or to receive more information, call the Court Theatre Box Office at (773) 753-4472, or visit Court’s website at

Court Theatre is the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. Court endeavors to make a lasting contribution to classic American theatre by expanding the canon of translations, adaptations, and classic texts. The theatre revives lost masterpieces; illuminates familiar texts; explores the African American theatrical canon; and discovers fresh, modern classics. Court engages and inspires its audience by providing artistically distinguished productions, audience enrichment activities, and student educational experiences.

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.

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