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Ohio Wesleyan University Performing Arts Series Presents "Parallel Exit" Theatre Company

December 21, 2006

The award-winning “Parallel Exit” theatre company from New York City will bring its unique blend of dance, mime, circus, and acrobatics to Ohio Wesleyan University’s Chappelear Drama Center for one performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19.

Parallel Exit presents “This Way That Way” is described as a “silent live-action road movie” inspired by classic comic duos of the 20th Century. Set to a score of great American music, “This Way That Way” tells the tale of two vaudevillian con men on a cross-country adventure. Their fate decided by the flip of a coin, they survive on ambition and dumb luck, dreaming of New York City and a stage for their show-stopping double act.

Theatre critics have enthusiastically described the troupe’s high-energy performances as everything from “vaudeville slapstick with wily acrobatics,” to “an unparalleled achievement of kinesthetic comedy,” to “a living Bugs Bunny cartoon.”

Members of Parallel Exit say their goal is to create wordless physical theatre in which characters, emotions, and narrative are communicated entirely through the performers’ bodies. “This Way That Way” is appropriate for theatre-goers ages 5 and up.

Tickets for Parallel Exit presents “This Way That Way” are $15 for general admission and $5 for students or senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call the OWU Performing Arts Series at 740-368-3629 or visit www.ticketweb.com.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.