14 United Nations Avenue South
Flushing, NY 11368
Description: Two-time Drama Desk nominee Parallel Exit, presents a rollicking speed of light comedy, featuring a wide range of old-fashioned family entertainment, from tap dance to live music to slapstick.
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.
Featuring performances by co-creators: Mike Dobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Ryan Kasprzak, Brent McBeth and Derek Roland.
The production features set and lighting design by Maruti Evans (An Oresteia-Classic Stage Co, Alice vs. Wonderland-American Repertory Theatre).
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.
MIKE DOBSON (Composer/Creator/Performer) Percussionist Mike Dobson enjoys a career of highly diverse performance opportunities. Classically trained with degrees from Mannes College and The Hartt School, Mike has performed with orchestras such as the Westfield Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, and Bridgeport Symphony. Mike has also toured with Circus Smirkus as percussionist and music director. Other circuses include the Big Apple Circus and the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. With Parallel Exit, Mike has performed in Time Step, Exit! Stage Left!, and Cut to the Chase. He received a Drama Desk nomination for co-creating Parallel Exit's ROOM 17B, for which he also created the original score. He has also played percussion in off-Broadway productions of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Target Margin's The Old Comedy, and Political Idol. Mike's versatility is revealed in the multi-genre list of outstanding and unique artists he has performed with, including master percussionist Glen Velez; jazz virtuosos Ira Sullivan, Nester Torres, and Dave Samuels; soprano Dawn Upshaw, comedian Mike Myers; and pop icon Paul Anka. He has been heard on NPR radio as well as CBS, MTV, and NBC television. Mike has also appeared on the Late Show with David Lettermen. Visit www.mikedobsonmusic.com.
MARK LONERGAN (Artistic Director/Creator/Director) is a New York-based director/creator, and 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's work has been seen in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, at festivals such as the Festival of Dreams in Austria, the COS Festival in Spain, the We Love Dance Festival in Japan, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the United States, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland (Awarded: Spirit of the Fringe). In New York City, he has presented work at The New Victory Theater, The Lincoln Center Institute, 59E59 Theaters, the Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space, the Guggenheim Museum, Ars Nova, and PS 122. Mark also works as a freelance director of productions in the United States and Canada.
About Parallel Exit: Parallel Exit creates physical theatre inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Our work blends theatre, dance, and music into productions that transcend age, language, and cultural barriers. We are dedicated to preserving and promoting the variety arts for diverse and underserved communities of children and adults.
Parallel Exit is one of the leading physical theatre companies in New York City. Our productions have earned the company critical acclaim and two Drama Desk nominations for Unique Theatrical Experience. We have presented our work in large venues (The New Victory Theater, The Guggenheim Museum), schools (through The Lincoln Center Institute and LEAP), and through partnerships with other organizations (Making Books Sing). Over the past 10 years, we have reached over 10,000 students in New York City public schools, and over 10,000 audience members in our theatrical venues.
Parallel Exit was launched in 1997 when our production WHITE/NOISE/JUMP received "Best in The Fringe Festival - Excellence in Theatre" at the inaugural New York International Fringe Festival. Since then, Parallel Exit's work has explored a wide range of physical forms, from dance (POWERHOUSE, 2005), to vaudeville (CUT TO THE CHASE, 2007 and EXIT STAGE LEFT, 2009), to live-action silent film (VELOCITY, 1999 and THIS WAY THAT WAY, 2005), to tap (TIME STEP, 2008). In addition to our annual New York City season, Parallel Exit travels throughout the United States and the world to present our work to as wide an audience as possible.
Our principal activities include original productions, an annual free performance series highlighting physical theatre artists in New York, and workshops and training in physical theatre at public schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Each of these programs is directly related to our mission of presenting physical theatre to audiences of all ages.
About Queens Theatre: Queens Theatre (QT) is the premier performing arts venue in Queens. QT's mission is to provide quality and diverse performing arts activities that are economically and geographically accessible to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, and the surrounding metropolitan region. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and feature international, national and local artists.