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2024 Festival Archive: Manual Cinema

Manual Cinema: Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster

January 26-28, 2024

The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

Presented by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

With special support from: Illinois Arts Council

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January 26-28, 2024
The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center
740 E. 56th St.

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just…isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get to scare the tuna salad out of someone? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? The plot thickens when this pair meets Kerry and Frankenthaler, an even scaredier-cat and her monster friend. Kerry and Sam need to make a big decision: will they just be scaredy cats or can they become friends?  Chicago’s Manual Cinema brings two of Mo Willems’ popular children’s books to life with hundreds of illustrated paper puppets, book pages, two-dimensional props, furry monster puppets and original songs. 

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