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!
Last week I was invited to the ‘Healthy Humor Conference 2019′ to photograph the 40+ clowns that reside in their employment. HH is an arts organization whose professional performers create moments of joy, wonder, laughter and comfort for hospitalized children and all others who are most in need. As it turns out most of these clowns are folks I have photographed outside the hospital environment. They have careers in the arts and make appearances in cabaret, theater, circus, variety shows and other fun venues.
I was hired by Healthy Humor to photograph this amazing conference and shot photographs of all these clowns for their ‘baseball’ card type of handouts. They print up these funny cards as souvenirs to leave with the children after their visits.
Healthy Humor’s Artistic Director Karen McCarty
During this fun packed week, workshops are given by professional movement theater teachers (Dody DiSanto, Pedro Fabião and Stephen J. Ringold) and the group spends hours trading skills including magic, juggling, bubble creating, and other related professional expertise.
Stephen J. Ringold conducting his workshop.
Club passing skill exchange with Andy, Liz, Peter and Watson
One of the highlights of the week’s activities was the ‘Variety Show’ where all of the performers could show their peers what they do outside the hospital. Here is a video of Dikki Ellis and Andy Sapora performing the Beatles song “When I’m 64”. Great fun!
“If we could get beyond the concept of betterness and embrace otherness maybe then we’d have a shot at respect for all living beings!”
From ‘Atomic Clown‘ by Sara Moore
Atomic Clown is a whimsical memoir by celebrated clown & “human cartoon” Sara Moore about surviving grief, heartbreak & cancer by laughing in the face of it all. This colorful jolly-rancher of a book, designed by Fernando Gambaroni, chronicles Moore’s adventures in cancer treatment, donning big shoes & various comic guises, with the wonderful staff of Kaiser Permanente Oncology & Radiology. Accompanied by insights, musings and testimonials, we hope this effort will inspire others to venture where the humor meets the humanity! 80% of the sales of this book will benefitSan Francisco’s Medical Clown Project whose mission is to bring joy and laughter to patients in healthcare facilities throughout the Bay Area. The rest will buy donuts for Fernando and Sara’s clown students!
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Sara Moore is an award winning, critically acclaimed American clown. She brings to the leadership of Clown Conservatory over three decades of experience as a performer, writer, educator and filmmaker. Her substantial body of creative work covers the full spectrum of clowning and spans multiple media, from the big top to film and stage, including Ringling Bros., The Krofft Puppets, New Pickle Circus, Make*A*Circus, Circus Bella, cruise lines, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, guerilla busking and as the comic foil in huge shows for entertainment tycoon Merv Griffin who dubbed her “The New Fanny Brice.” Hailed by critics as a “21st century Pagliacci,” her trademark Human Cartoon productions include her effusively reviewed tour de force Show Ho as well as Wunderworld, The Supers, Cyclones, The Secret Life of Custodians & Noses Off!
For many years I attended the American Mime Theatre. It was located at 192 Second Avenue when I first began classes and subsequently moved to another location on Bond St later.
I was working at the time in a photo lab on 23rd St and would go to class before my shift. (Nightshift started at 7pm)
I was so delighted to participate in the American Mime work by becoming the ‘official photographer’ for quite a few years. I documented many shows and classes over the years. (negs and photographs on file at AMT office)
One of my favorite memories from that time was visiting Paul one day before I was going to work and talking about what was going on with the AMT company’s upcoming shows and classes. Here is a photograph taken with my camera by Jean Barbour of Paul J. Curtis and myself laughing at something we both found amusing. (can’t remember what it was…)
Paul was a vital force in many people’s lives and we miss him dearly.
Avner Eisenberg (aka Avner the Eccentric) discusses the show he just opened at The Canal Park Playhouse. Avner has been performing for the past 30 years in all venues imaginable all over the globe. At the Canal Park Playhouse he brings it down to a charming small audience with his personality and skills ever so present.