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25 Years Celebration~Parallel Exit 2/26/21

You’re invited to a double birthday party.

Next Friday, on Parallel Exit’s Artistic Director Mark Lonergan’s birthday, Parallel Exit celebrates 25 years.

On Friday, February 26th, at 7:00 pm, we celebrate a quarter-century of work, with laughter, performances, and interviews with some of your favorite Parallel Exit artists

I have photographed many of this company’s wonderful shows and I can say that they are ‘brilliant’. Both the director and the company bring so much joy and laughter to the audience. You will not be disappointed if you attend this Celebration!

GO HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION/TICKETS

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – May 11th, 2020

Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition

Another great night of LIVE entertainment online!

Host Keith Nelson introduces the show and the lineup of talent.

Curtis Carlyle juggled tin cups and was charming and fun.

Nicole Taylor performed a wonderful and classy hula-hoop act.

Shreeyash Palshikar and Princess Zara performed a wonderful magic act together.

Parallel Exit‘s Joel Jeske and Danny Gardner performed a wonderful comedic verbal duo.

Hovey Burgess talked about the early circus amusement elephant and the Elephant Hotel.

Sabrina Chap played two instruments and sang a lovely ‘original’ circus song.

Rod Raven (Matthew Morgan) and Princess Wendy (Heidi Brucker-Morgan) perform a most unusual act.

Thom Wall juggles with the most unusual objects and does it with class!

Richard Maguire hand balances and eventually removes his pants while upside down.

Pio Carrada performs a beautiful aerial act with multicolored lighting.

The cast takes their online Curtain Call!

Please consider making a donation so the performers can get paid for their work in this show!


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Clown Performing Arts Physical Theater Vaudevisuals Interview Video

“The Artist Will Be With You In A Moment” – An Interview with Joel Jeske

Since many shows have been CANCELLED in the past weeks I have decided to rerun some of the interviews I did that are with the performers/directors involved in these shows. Today is the funny man Joel Jeske who created with Parallel Exit director Mark LonerganThe Artist Will Be With You In a Moment“. It was open for several performances BUT I didn’t get to see it! The reviews are ‘great’ so I am thinking it will be mounted again in the not-too-distant future! In the meantime here is Mr. Jeske talking about his show.

“The commanding performance artist Joel Jeske during his uproarious, clever and thoughtful self-created and self-written show, The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment. Relying on his dazzling clowning, his winning presence, and plentiful audience participation, it’s 70 delightful, breezy and theatrical minutes.” 

Keep your eyes open for more information at Parallel Exit‘s website!

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Clown Comedy Performing Arts Story Teller Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with Joel Jeske

I sat down with Joel Jeske and ask questions about his life performing with a few different circus shows and now what he was doing on his own one-man show.

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“The Artist Will Be With You in A Moment”

a new immersive solo comedy experience from Parallel Exit

March 7- 29th, 2020 at Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T. Theaters, 502 West 53rd St., NYC

Tickets on Sale at ParallelExit.com

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Feb. 2020 – Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

Every first Monday of the month the folks at Bindlestiff Family Cirkus put together a variety show with everyone invited. New performers and seasoned ones can all try out their acts on the lovely Dixon Place stage. This month was short and sweet! Only 9 acts!

Hosted by Keith Nelson of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus organization. A great performer with numerous skills from many performing arts disciplines. Here he is opening the show with his ‘Chinese yoyo’ act.

Luther Bangart followed Keith with some lovely poetic club juggling.

Book Kennison and Logan Kerr slowed down the evening with a musical duet.

The next act was something new for the delightful and very funny Joel Jeske. An excerpt from his new one-man show ‘The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment“.

Host Keith attempted to catch an imaginary bottle of water on an imaginary umbrella.

He did catch the small urn on the stick!

The charming and very talented mentalist Robin Channing startled the audience with his amazing skills. I thought of a word and told him my birthday and he had them written down on a post-it during his drive to the theater earlier that night!

After intermission, the show began with some political song from aerialist/singer/choreographer Cleo Carol Knopf.

The next act was Jacob D’Eustachio who recently returned from his working with UK based Giffords Circus. I photographed Jacob in 2009 performing at the Bindlestiff show and now he is back in NY for more juggling/comedy mischief.

Jacob started by juggling some machetes and then handed out lemons to quite a few audience members and ask that they throw them at him. He did cut a few in half with the machetes.

Recently relocated to NY, Rich Potter is a clown with lots of performing history up north. He is trying out material in NY. Tonight he performed a ‘surreal’ piece of comedic physical clown.

The last act of the evening was aerialist Nina Gershy musically accompanied by Book Kennison and Logan Kerr.

Every first Monday of the Month at Dixon Place! Lots of great acts and always surprises.

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Clown Comedy Photography

The Clown UnMasked Series – A Comprehensive List 2010 – 2016

The Clown UnMasked

In 2010 I had a concept in my head one day that I should photograph my favorite subjects (Clowns) without their performance costume and makeup and match it with a performance shot. The ‘Unmask’ shot would be black and white and the performance shot in color.  I decided to call it The Clown UnMask. I began shooting in Feb. 2010 with one of the funniest clowns I know and admire. Glen Heroy.

I followed up with many more (almost 50) until I stopped shooting the series in 2016. Here is a comprehensive list of the performers (with links to the original posts) I documented in my ‘hallway’ studio. In the order in which I photographed them. Full post are reached by using the links. Some portrait are provided for visual excitement!

(The wall came down in 2016 so the series was discontinued)

Matt Mitler

Clowns ExMachina

John Leo

Eric Davis

Hilary Chaplain

Audrey Crabtree

Keith Nelson

Ambrose Martos

Joel Jeske

Amy Gordon

Rob Torres

Patrick de Valette

Tiffany Riley

Dick Monday

Julie Ferrier

Fred Blin

Tanya Elchuk

Nina Levine

Hew Parham

Mark Gindick

Peter Daniel Straus

Kevin C. Carr

Jeff Hess

Chris Allison

Drew Richardson

Lilli Sukula Lindblom

Mona Ray

Thom Monckton

Sampo Kurppa

Jenny Lee Mitchell

Michael Trautman

Jennifer Sargent

Maja Bieler

Helen Donnelly

James Godwin

Avner Eisenberg

Summer Shapiro

Neil Arthur James

Gustavo Pace

Didi Sanchezco

Kenny Raskin

Mooky Cornish

Adam Kuchler

Barry Lubin

Daniel Passer

Angela Delfini

Armitage Shanks

Matt Roper

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Parallel Exit – “The Final Reel”

The Final Reel is inspired by the iconic films Sherlock Jr and The Purple Rose of Cairo. An eccentric historian discovers the holy grail of silent films: the final reel of a forgotten classic thought to be lost to history. As he presents the film for the first time in a hundred years, his bumbling assistant accidentally steps into the movie and falls in love with the heroine. The two-love birds step back into the modern world and the heroine is left to make a fateful decision – one that changes every night of performance with the help of the audience.

Concept by Mike Dobson, Joel JeskeMark Lonerganand Scott McCord

Directed by Mark Lonergan

Scenic and lighting design by Maruti Evans

Costumes by Oana Botez

Projections by Daniel Vatsky

Original Musical Score by Ben Model

Stage Manager: Angela Perez

Performed by Darien Crago, Shereen Hickman, Harold Moeller, Scott McCordand Peter Michael Marino.

It was a delightful, comical and well-produced show! Produced in association with City Tech TheaterWorks. Here are a few still photographs I was able to capture while really enjoying the show.

The show is over but hopefully it will come back to be performed again!

For more information on Parallel Exit performances go here!

For information on CityTech TheatreWorks go here!

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Bouffon Clown Comedy Video

FLASHBACK! New York Goofs 2010 – Musical Trio

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Lawrence Pisoni, Joel Jeske, and Dick Monday serenade the audience at an NY Goofs performance in 2010.

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Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center – 2017/18 Season

Ringmaster Tyron “Ty” McFarlan

 

Barry Lubin – Grandma

Joel Jeske – Clown

Jenny Vidbel and her horses.

Gamal Garcia Tuniziani – Juggler

The Flying Tunizianis Troupe – Trapeze

Jan Damm – Rolla Bolla

Wallenda Seven-Person Pyramid – Highwire


The show also featured Elayne Kramer/Contortionist and The Anastanini Brothers.

What a wonderful show this year! All the acts were amazing and the direction was brilliant! So happy to see The Big Apple Circus Back in town!

Today and tomorrow ONLY!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Mark Lonergan & Joel Jeske – Big Apple Circus

Last week I visited the Big Apple Circus tent and interviewed Joel Jeske and Mark Lonergan. (Actually, Karen Jenson did the interview for Vaudevisuals. I did the video camera!)

Mark and Joel are very excited to be part of the BAC again! They have contributed to the 38th Season and now the 40th season. It is a wonderful show celebrating the uniqueness of The Big Apple Circus!

Here is a short video of The Wallendas performing at The Big Apple Circus! Amazing…

For more information/Schedule/Tickets go HERE!

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