November 12, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Parallel Exit will present the free family matinee 'Exit Stage Left' Dec. 6 at 1 p.m.

Parallel Exit, New York City's pre-eminent physical theatre company, will present Exit Stage Left on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at Bucknell University's Weis Center as part of its Family Discovery Series.

The 75-minute performance is appropriate for all ages and suggested for ages 8+. Admission is free; tickets are not required. The lobby opens at noon; the auditorium opens at 12:30 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring a canned food item, which will be donated to Union County Children and Youth Services and distributed to local families in need during the holiday season.

Following the performance, the Weis Center will host a free mime and physical theatre workshop at 2:30 p.m. in the Lobby. Meant for children ages 8+, the "Storytelling without Words" workshop will teach mime techniques and how to incorporate them in the creation of characters and short scenes. Students will learn how to move with simplicity, clarity, and precision and will work collaboratively to create scenes done entirely without dialogue.

Bucknell University acknowledges with gratitude generous funding from the Family of Janet C. Weis which makes this performance possible. This tour engagement of Parallel Exit is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Parallel Exit creates physical theatre inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. The company blends theatre, dance, and music into works of physical theatre that transcend age, language, and cultural barriers.

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 five presents a wide range of old-fashioned family entertainment, from tap dance to live music to slapstick comedy.

The New York Post says of Exit Stage Left, "Featuring enough slamming doors, pratfalls, songs, magic tricks, tap-dancing and slapstick to fuel a dozen shows."

Numerous productions have earned the company critical acclaim and two Drama Desk Award nominations for Unique Theatrical Experience. New pieces have been presented 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).

More than 12,500 audience members are said to have been whisked away with a sense of whimsy by Parallel Exit productions. More than 10,000 New York City public school students have been inspired and benefitted by Parallel Exit education programs, which employ the performing arts as a means through which to instill both creative and life skills.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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