Manual Cinema’s “No Blue Memories” Tells Gwendolyn Brooks’ Story With Multi-Media Experience
Explore Gwendolyn Brooks’ story with an unforgettable multi-media experience through Manual Cinema’s “No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 Brush St. The performance is open to all ages; tickets are priced at $20 plus taxes and fees for adults and $10 plus taxes and fees for children under age 18.
In addition to being the first African-American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Brooks was an icon, poet laureate and treasured educator and mentor. “No Blue Memories” is the story of how she navigated identity, craft and politics and became one of Chicago’s most beloved figures.
After premiering in Chicago in November 2017, “No Blue Memories” received praise from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and The New Yorker. The Chicago Reader said, “Manual Cinema turns Gwendolyn Brooks into poetry magic.”
Manual Cinema, a performance collective, design studio and film/video production company, based their production on a screenplay by Eve Ewing and Nathaniel Marshall. The performance combines intricate paper puppetry, live actors working in shadow and an original score by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods.