Wednesday, January 26, 2011

'Freud's Last Session' Opens Socrates in the City Events for 2011

The first Socrates in the City event of 2011 will be a performance of the Off-Broadway play Freud's Last Session, which actually came into the world as a result of SITC (see below). The show is at 7 pm, Feb. 13.

After the play, host Eric Metaxas will moderate a special Q&A "talkback" with the play's writer and the two actors who play Freud and Lewis. Before the play, there will be a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception (at 6:15). The discounted price for the whole night is $65.

Here's the history of how the play came to be as explained by Metaxas:
"A few years ago we had Harvard's Dr. Armand Nicholi as one of our speakers at SITC. He spoke about his book, 'The Question of God,' which compares the worldviews of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis. In our audience that night was a playwright named Mark St. Germain, who was inspired to write a play about these two men and what they believed. Thus was born Freud's Last Session! So you will permit us if we smile with pride, as any midwife would do. Socrates himself considered himself a "midwife of ideas," so there is something to all of this... "

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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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