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Canal Park Playhouse Presents PERFECT CATCH, 11/5

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Canal Park Playhouse presents the world premiere of PERFECT CATCH: A THROWMANTIC COMEDY, created and performed by Michael Karas and Jen Slaw. PERFECT CATCH begins performances on Saturday, November 5 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 27. Performances take place at Canal Park Playhouse (508 Canal Street, between Greenwich and West Streets in Tribeca). The performance schedule is Saturdays and Sundays at Noon & 2 PM. The regular ticket price is $20. A Pre Fixe brunch is available for an additional $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets or more information, call OvationTix on 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.canalparkplayhouse.com.

Jen and Michael are co-workers who appear to have nothing in common except a love of office pranks and a general distaste for each other. But these two cubicle-dwelling New Yorkers also share a secret that binds them together. This common spark ignites a love affair filled with circus, dance, music, juggling and physical comedy. Office romances have never been so magical.

Performers Jen Slaw and Michael Karas have performed together with the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center, an American Express corporate conference in Orlando and at Victorian Gardens in Central Park. Lisa Soverino is the lighting designer. Set and costumes are by Elizabeth Barrett Groth.

Part of Canal Park Playhouse's Classic Brunch Matinee series, audience members can enjoy a selection of items from The Waffle Iron Café, open from 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for ticket holders only. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and of course Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream). Greek yogurt, granola and fresh fruit as well as muffins are also available.

Michael Karas (creator/performer) is an international award-winning juggler with over 10 years of experience in the variety arts/theater industry. Recently, he was honored to perform at the White House in the fall of 2010. He appeared with co-star Jen Slaw at Lincoln Center in 2010 and will again this December 2011 in conjunction with The Little Orchestra. Michael has three 1st place awards from the International Juggling Association and has appeared on the cover of JUGGLE magazine. He has toured and appeared off-Broadway with The Flying Karamazov Brothers and was a part of the 2010 NYC International Fringe Festival with Playing By Air. In addition to Perfect Catch, Michael has directed and co-directed three other theatrical juggling shows: Green, Adytum, and Playing By Air. When he's not appearing in variety shows all over New York City, Michael also finds time for outreach, teaching children how to juggle through the Big Apple Circus' "Family Fun Fest" on Governor's Island.

Performing since 1991, Jen Slaw (creator/performer) is a recipient of the International Jugglers' Association's (IJA) Three Ball Award for creativity and innovation. She's juggled with actor Patrick Dempsey on Good Morning America and taught Captain "Sully" Sullenberger to juggle at the award-winning Miracle on the Hudson Reunion event. She was a featured speaker at the 2011 TEDx conference in Princeton, NJ, and designs custom presentations and interactive workshops that use juggling to inspire and illustrate creativity, teamwork, balance, achievement, productivity, and being open to new possibilities. Jen has entertained audiences of all ages for a variety of corporate, educational, and private clients including FAO Schwarz, NYC Fashion Week, Cirque du Soleil. She is a regular at Monday Night Magic, New York's longest running Off-Broadway magic show. As a performer, she's appeared at Joe's Pub (Magic in the Park), La MaMa (Variety Night), HERE Arts Center (Parallel Exit's Move It) and BAM (with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus). In 2010, Jen was named Executive Director of Jiggling Life Inc,, a New Jersey based non-profit with a mission to engage, inspire, and emotionally heal ill and underprivileged children through juggling workshops and entertaining performance art shows. 

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