Parallel Exit

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New York City-based Parallel Exit, a two-time recipient of a Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience and a "Spirit of the Fringe" award from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, creates physical theater inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  The company's goal is to create moments of simple magic that can only be experienced live.  Parallel Exit's work has explored a wide range of physical forms, from dance to vaudeville, live-action silent film to creative percussion. The Company's work has been presented to great critical acclaim in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia


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Production History

Cut To The Chase-The New Family Vaudeville Review!  | Open: 12/06/07 Close: 12/30/07
Featuring Laura Dillman, Mike Dobson, Joel Jeske, Juliet Jeske, Ryan Kasprzak, Andrea Kehler and Derek Roland.
Just in time for the holidays, Parallel Exit returns with Cut To The Chase - a new family vaudeville revue. Music! Magic! Tap and Slapstick! A backstage adventure full of comic chaos and fast-paced action! It's like nothing you've seen before! "They get laughs simply by breathing." The New York Times
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I Love Bob  | Open: 07/20/12 Close: 07/29/12
New York City’s Drama Desk-nominated Parallel Exitreturns to the Joyce SoHo for the third time, to present the world premiere of I LOVE BOB,an evening-length comic ballet, from July 20-29, 2012 at 7:30pm at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street (between Houston & Prince).  Tickets are $25 general admission ($15 student/senior) and are available by phone at JoyceCharge 212-242-0800 or online at joyce.org.  The performance on Saturday, July 28 is a benefit and tickets are $150.

 

Inspired by the films City Lightsand An American In Paris, the original dance musical I LOVE BOBfollows the story of two desperately lonely characters attempting to connect within the speed and chaos of 21st century New York City.  This new work was created by director Mark Lonergan, choreographer Ray Hesselink, and composer Wayne Barker, and features a live original score played by Barker.

 

Mark Lonergan(Co-creator/Director) is the Artistic Director of Parallel Exit, a two-time Drama Desk Award nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience. With Parallel Exit, he has created eight original works of physical theatre and received several grants and awards.  Mark began his career in Canada, where he worked as a performer and director on many physical theatre productions, including Obie Award-winner Daniel MacIvor’s JUMP. In New York, he has directed at The New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, 59E59 Theaters, the Atlantic Theater, the Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space, the Guggenheim Museum, Joyce SoHo, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.  Mark also works as a freelance director in the United States and Canada.

 

Ray Hesselink(Co-creator/Choreographer) is a Director and Choreographer living and working in New York City.  Ray has presented choreography at various festivals and venues around New York, most recently at Tap City and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  As a dance instructor, Ray has had the privilege to help train many of the children currently performing in Broadway's BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICALand is featured in the documentary FINDING BILLY.  Ray is on staff at Juilliard, Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC.  He is currently collaborating with Mark Lonergan and Wayne Barker on a new project for Parallel Exit.  www.rayhesselink.com

 

Wayne Barker(Co-creator/Composer) is an award-winning pianist, performer, voice-over artist, composer, lyricist, arranger and orchestrator.  In 1997 he began writing arrangements for symphony pops; his work has been played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Minnesota, San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Pittsburgh symphonies, among many others.  In 2000 Wayne began his long association with Dame Edna Everage, as her on-stage pianist for her North American tours, leading to her return to Broadway in Back With A Vengeance!for which Wayne also wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics with Barry Humphries.  He has also appeared with Dame Edna onstage at the Metropolitan Opera and in the Strelna, the summer mansion of the Russian President.  Wayne is a 2011 Drama Desk Award recipient for his original music for the production Peter and the Starcatcher, currently preparing for its Broadway run this coming spring.

 

About Parallel Exit

New York City-based Parallel Exit, a two-time recipient of a Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience and a “Spirit of the Fringe” award from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, creates physical theater inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  The company’s goal is to create moments of simple magic that can only be experienced live.  Parallel Exit’swork has explored a wide range of physical forms, from dance to vaudeville, live-action silent film to creative percussion. The Company’s work has been presented to great critical acclaim in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

 

About Joyce SoHo

 

The creation of Joyce SoHo was made possible by the magnanimous support of the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust. Joyce SoHo is generously supported by Alphawood Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, First Republic Bank, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the Fund for the City of New York, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

 

Lead support has been provided by The New York Community Trust.  Special support has been provided by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.  Joyce SoHo is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Joyce SoHo’s onsite box office is only open one half-hour prior to performance time to sell tickets exclusively for that performance.  Tickets may alternatively be purchased online at joyce.org, via phone at 212-242-0800 or in person at The Joyce Theater at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street Mon-Sun, 12 noon-6pm.  On days when there are performances, The Joyce’s box office is open through curtain time, but advance sales stop one hour prior to curtain time (including matinee curtains.)  The Joyce’s box office is closed on major holidays.


About the Company: Parallel Exit

New York City-based Parallel Exit, a two-time recipient of a Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience and a "Spirit of the Fringe" award from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, creates physical theater inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  The company's goal is to create moments of simple magic that can only be experienced live.  Parallel Exit's work has explored a wide range of physical forms, from dance to vaudeville, live-action silent film to creative percussion. The Company's work has been presented to great critical acclaim in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia

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I Love Bob An Evening Length Comic Ballet  | Open: 07/20/12 Close: 07/29/12
Inspired by the films City Lights and An American In Paris, the original dance musical I LOVE BOB follows the story of two desperately lonely characters attempting to connect within the speed and chaos of 21st century New York City. This new work was created by director Mark Lonergan, choreographer Ray Hesselink, and composer Wayne Barker, and features a live original score played by Barker.

Mark Lonergan (Co-creator/Director) is the Artistic Director of Parallel Exit, a two-time Drama Desk Award nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience. With Parallel Exit, he has created eight original works of physical theatre and received several grants and awards. Mark began his career in Canada, where he worked as a performer and director on many physical theatre productions, including Obie Award-winner Daniel MacIvor's JUMP.  In New York, he has directed at The New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, 59E59 Theaters, the Atlantic Theater, the Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space, the Guggenheim Museum, Joyce SoHo, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.  Mark also works as a freelance director in the United States and Canada.

 

Ray Hesselink (Co-creator/Choreographer) is a Director and Choreographer living and working in New York City.  Ray has presented choreography at various festivals and venues around New York, most recently at Tap City and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. As a dance instructor, Ray has had the privilege to help train many of the children currently performing in Broadway's BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL and is featured in the documentary FINDING BILLY.  Ray is on staff at Juilliard, Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC.  He is currently collaborating with Mark Lonergan and Wayne Barker on a new project for Parallel Exit.  www.rayhesselink.com

 

Wayne Barker (Co-creator/Composer) is an award-winning pianist, performer, voice-over artist, composer, lyricist, arranger and orchestrator.  In 1997 he began writing arrangements for symphony pops; his work has been played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Minnesota, San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Pittsburgh symphonies, among many others.  In 2000 Wayne began his long association with Dame Edna Everage, as her on-stage pianist for her North American tours, leading to her return to Broadway in Back With A Vengeance! for which Wayne also wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics with Barry Humphries.  He has also appeared with Dame Edna onstage at the Metropolitan Opera and in the Strelna, the summer mansion of the Russian President.  Wayne is a 2011 Drama Desk Award recipient for his original music for the production Peter and the Starcatcher, currently preparing for its Broadway run this coming spring.


About the Company: Parallel Exit

New York City-based Parallel Exit, a two-time recipient of a Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience and a "Spirit of the Fringe" award from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, creates physical theater inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  The company's goal is to create moments of simple magic that can only be experienced live.  Parallel Exit's work has explored a wide range of physical forms, from dance to vaudeville, live-action silent film to creative percussion. The Company's work has been presented to great critical acclaim in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia

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Parallel Exit Proudly Presents: Exit Stage Left  | Open: 12/27/13 Close: 12/29/13
 Harkening back to the days of vaudeville, EXIT STAGE LEFT packs more entertainment in a single show than a three-ring circus.  An ensemble of 5 present a wide range of old-fashioned family entertainment, from tap dance to live music to slapstick comedy.


Parallel Exit’s work is inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  They have toured across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, to great critical acclaim.  The company has received two Drama Desk nominations for Unique Theatrical Experience and a “Spirit of the Fringe” award from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  


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Time Step  | Open: 11/06/08 Close: 11/09/08
Parallel Exit, New York's highly acclaimed physical theatre company, returns to Joyce SoHo from November 6-9 with TIME STEP, a brand new work blending tap, rhythm, and physical comedy. Tickets are $15 and are available by phone at 212-352-3101 or www.joyce.org.

Fresh, funny, and filled with visual magic, TIME STEP tells the story of three hoofers entirely through rhythm and choreography. The narrative jumps back and forth in time, juxtaposing the characters' performances from their youth with their attempts to transcend the limits of age. TIME STEP, created by Parallel Exit, is directed by Mark Lonergan and choreographed and performed by Ryan Kasprzak, Brent McBeth, and Derek Roland. Set and projection design by Anna Kiraly, lighting design by Eric Kwak, and sound design by Duane McKee.

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