Comedy troupe with a twist visits Centenary

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:07

HACKETTSTOWN — “[Parallel Exit] can get laughs simply by breathing,” declared the New York Times, about the “clever and genuinely funny” physical comedians, Parallel Exit, who will perform their production "Exit Stage Left" as a part of Centenary Stage Company’s Black Box Festival, Nov. 10 through 13 in the new David and Carol Lackland Center in Hackettstown. Created 1997 by Artistic Director Mark Lonergan with a mission to study various physical comedy forms, Parallel Exit blends theatre, dance and music into works of physical theatre designed to transcend age, language, and cultural barriers. The company has won acclaim in Theatre Festivals across the United States and around world, most notably the “Best in the Festival -Excellence in Theatre Award” at the New York Fringe Festival, the “Spirit of the Festival” award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and most recently, their show 17B was nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award. Their production of Exit Stage Left highlights the best of the company’s repertoire and was featured at the 2009 Festival de Traume in Innsbrook, Austria. In addition to Lonergan, the group’s performers and creators include Mike Dobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Ryan Kaskprzak, Brent McBeth and Derek Roland. Tickets for Exit Stage Left can be purchased online at, or by calling the CSC Box office at 908-979-0900. Tickets are $22 on Thursday at 7:30, $22.50 on Friday at 8 p.m., $25 on Saturday at 8 p.m. and $20 on Sunday at 2 p.m.. Discounts for seniors and students are also available. All Thursday nights at CSC are Family Night with a special two-for-one rush ticket price available at the door one hour before the performance. Student Rush Tickets, discounted to $10, are available one hour before any Black Box Festival show with student ID . The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit, professional Equity theatre, in residence at Centenary College, dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands region, with professional music, theatre and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year.