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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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Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour – Dixon Place – April 27th, 2012

The Co-Host of the show were Book Kennison and Mike Dobson.

Book Kennison hosting the Evening’s talent line up.

Mike Dobson co-host the Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour at Dixon Place

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Gabriel Drouin

Gabriel Drouin performing on the Cyr Wheel

Having trained in martial arts prior to his work on the Cyr wheel Gabriel Drouin has great balance.

With legs crossed and still maintaining a great sense of movement.

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Adam Kuchler

With nothing but a few hats and a shopping bag Adam Kuchler makes the audience hysterical.

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Karianne Hayes

With fine technique and beauty Karianne Hayes captivates the audience.

Currently in her second year at Ecole de Cirque de Quebec, Karianne Hayes has amazing promise for the future.

Karianne Hayes has complete control over her body and technique.

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Aaron DeWitt

Aaron DeWitt has been juggling for 10 years and has an amazing talent.

Aaron DeWitt juggles effortlessly with mystical results.

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Aerial Emery

Aerial Emery performs with her hula hoop at the beginning of her act.

Aerial Emery has plenty of talent to share with the audience.

Performing with multiple hula hoops all at once.

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Adam Kuchler

Adam Kuchler displays his cigar box juggling skills.

Adam Kuchler caught in mid air juggling his cigar boxes.

Adam Kuchler juggling many cigar boxes.

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Karianne Hayes

With precision and technique Karianne Hayes performs on the German Wheel.

Karianne Hayes performs beautifully on the German Wheel.

After finishing the act Karianne Hayes takes her bow while holding the German Wheel.

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The Piccolini Trio

(Josh Stack, John Stork, Joy Powers) The Piccolini Trio act up as the final act of the evening.

The Piccolini brothers try to catch the falling dish from the Piccolini sister.

After breaking up all the dishes the Piccolini Trio take their bow.

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Look for future productions of MR. AVINER’S VARIETY HOUR at Dixon Place in the future!



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Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour – At Dixon Place – April 27th & 28th. A Preview with interviews!

Last year I photographed an amazing collection of young variety artist that came to NY to perform in the show “Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour’.

It was one of the best shows of young and fresh talent I had come across in a while.

Next month Josh Aviner is producing the 2nd edition of this show. I had a chance to sit down with Josh and the show’s MC Book Kennison with his associate Mike Dobson.

They spoke about the show in different ways and as such I have broke up the interviews in three parts.

Here is the link for the upcoming show! Get your tickets early as I am sure it will SELL OUT!

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Book Kennison talks about the upcoming “Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour”.

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Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour – Dixon Place – Sept. 1st, 2011

Hosted by Book Kennison

Produced by Josh Aviner

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What an amazing selection of artists in this program.

Book Kennison is the MC of the evening’s festivities. Making funny comments all night long!

Cody Schreger performs in the ’round’ with harmonica and electric guitar accompanist.

Jacob Sharpe performing the ‘diablo’. An amazing display of technique and personal charm.

Spencer Novich performs his ‘metaphyiscal’ movement piece to an amazing sound collage.

Joachim Ciocca performs on the unicycle like it is part of his own body. Amazingly beautiful work!

Book Kennison is stuck in a tennis racket and trying to get back to his MC mike.

Mike Dobson is always available for quips to counter Book Kennison’s comments. Dry and hysterical humor.

Jimmy “Tapz” from Baton Rouge taps up and amazing storm assisted by vocal electronic feedback.

Jacob Sharpe demonstrates his profound command over juggling almost anything.

Natalie Oleinik performing on the Rope in a most exquisite physical style.

Spencer Novich and Book Kennison doing what only 2 very thin acrobatic performers could do!

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A great evening of variety and technical skills by some wonderful new talent.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © 2011 JIM MOORE

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Parallel Exit’s ROOM 17B – 59e59 Theatre

Photographing the ingenious comedy (which is the creation of Joel Jeske and Mike Dobson) of ROOM 17B was so much fun. A series of surreal, comedic, absurd vignettes. I had a chance to ask the Director Mark Lonergan about his inspiration for creating the show and  the process.

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“The inspiration for ROOM 17B goes back to a show we did at 59E59 Theaters in 2007 called CUT TO THE CHASE.  One of the reviews for the show challenged us to take some daring leaps and explore new avenues with our work.  With that gauntlet thrown down, we began discussing how to inject contemporary material into a vaudevillian format – purposely pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone.”

(left to right) Mike Dobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Brent McBeth

Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske, the authors of the show, began developing some ideas that we explored over a weekend at the Kraine Theater in 2009.  At the heart of these ideas was a group of businessmen putting on a bizarre and interactive presentation.  As we continued to work on the material, our set and lighting designer Maruti Evans ran with the business presentation idea and came up with the perfect setting for the show – a surreal office of floor-to-ceiling filing cabinets.”

Danny Gardner and Joel Jeske

“With Maruti’s design in place, the concept evolved into what we have today – a long-forgotten room in a huge office building in which all the props and costumes appear from the file drawers.  The result is a cross between Buster Keaton, Monty Python, and Tim & Eric – surreal, funny, physical, and modern – and hopefully, a great night of theatre.”

Joel Jeske and Danny Gardner in a surreal office moment.

Brent McBeth taking a seriously uneasy note.

Joel Jeske in absurdly wild pose while being introduced.

I recommend this show to anyone who wants to laugh and  be entertained by 4 wonderfully hysterical performers.

Written by Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske .

Directed by Mark Lonergan.

Original Music by Mike Dobosn

Choreography by Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth.

Set and Lighting by Maruti Evans

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Get more information and tickets here.