Manual Cinema’s
The End of TV
Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
Drama
Runs Jul 16Jul 19, 2019

Set in a post-industrial Rust Belt city in the 1990s and told through a collection of original 70’s R&B-inspired art pop songs, THE END OF TV explores the quest to find meaning amongst the increasingly constant barrage of commercial images and advertising white-noise. Two sides of the American Dream — its technicolor promise as delivered through TV ads, and its failure, witnessed in the dark reality of industrial decline — are staged in cinematic shadow puppetry and lo-fi live video feeds with flat paper renderings of commercial products. The show is driven by a sweeping chamber art pop song cycle performed live by a five-piece band.

Written by: Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter

Directed by: Julia VanArsdale Miller

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