Monday, May 11, 2009

Personality Games Gets Staged Reading by Episcopal Actors' Guild

The Episcopal Actors Guild and Neil Cole Present a staged reading of Personality Games by Gordon Parker & Neil Cole 7pm Thursday, May 14 at Guild Hall, 1 E. 29th St., NYC.

Personality Games is a play about being a psychiatrist and being a patient...about borderline personality and about testing the borders.

Neil Cole is a former member of the Victorian State Parliament of Australia and in the 1990s was Victorian Shadow Attorney General. He is a lawyer as well as a professor and has had seven plays produced in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane including Alive at Williamstown Pier, Dr Cade and Personality Games. He has won the Griffin Theatre Award for the best new writing for theater in 1999 and was short listed for the Victorian Premiers Literary Award in 2001.

Gordon Parker is an academic psychiatrist at the University of New South Wales, and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute. In the '60s he wrote for the Mavis Bramston Show and Oz Magazine, had a book of fiction published, was a cartoonist for many magazines (including the Bulletin), a broadcaster for the ABC’s Science Show in Sydney and in London, and was a book reviewer for "The Sydney Morning Herald" and "The Australian" for a decade.

Wine & Refreshments will be served. Donations are Welcome. For Reservations call 212-685-2927 or email

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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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