Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Comedian Torry Martin Presents Benefit Performance in Nashville

Torry Martin. Todd Hibbs photo

Lessons in Laughter

"Lessons in Laughter" featuring Torry Martin's stories about life in Alaska will be presented at 7 pm Friday at First Baptist Church, 108 7th Avenue South, Nashville. The performance will benefit The Lost Boys Foundation. The foundation aids refugees from the Sudan who have settled in the Nashville area.For tickets and more information, call 615-227-6443 or visit

The award-winning author of sketches for church services, writer for Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey and award winning actor enjoys being able to use his gifts to help churches and organizations.

"Times are tough," Torry said, "but that doesn't mean people don't still need to hear about God's love. I'm happy to help wherever I can."

Hearing that many churches are struggling to reach out to their communities with fewer available funds due to a decrease in giving because of the economic crisis, Torry has worked with Masterwork Productions to offer a special "Flat Rate Tour." "The rates might be flat, but the jokes won't be," he quipped.

Book Torry at a Discounted Rate

During 2009, Torry will accept requests from churches unable to to afford the full fee of his performance plus all of the extra expenses for travel and hotel. The flat rate tour will allow churches to book Torry for the flat rate of $1,500 that includes the fee and all travel expenses. Masterwork Productions will book the flight and hotel so you don't have to. Only a limited number of performances will be accepted as Torry's writing and travel schedule permits, so don't delay.

Compare this rate with other possibilities and act right away to be part of the tour. Contact us at

Torry's humor is great for an outreach event, a men's retreat or part of the Sunday service. Combine a performance with workshops for your creative teams on

-- Sketch Writing Part 1

-- Sketch Writing Part 2

-- Finding Your Calling/Discovering Your Gifts

-- The Art of Collaborative Writing

-- The Secrets to Free Publicity

-- Story Telling/Monologues

-- Comedy as Outreach

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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