Friday, June 22, 2012

Playwright, Museum Receive 2012 Lights Are Bright on Broadway Awards

Catherine Trieschmann
Playwright Catherine Trieschmann and Discovery Times Square are winners of the 2012 "The Lights Are Bright on Broadway" Awards, given annually by Masterwork Productions, Inc. to recognize individuals and organizations making a difference in the Broadway theater community through faith.
Trieschmann is being honored for her play, How the World Began, which ran Off Broadway this season at The Women's Project in association with South Coast Repertory. It is an intelligent examination of the science vs. creation argument explored from both sides of the issue and prompts debate and discussion among theatergoers. You can read the review by clicking here.

Discovery Times Square is being honored for its Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit which featured a number of the scrolls, including the oldest surviving copy of the Ten Commandments, artifacts and a stone from the western wall in Jerusalem on which museum patrons were encouraged to leave notes of prayer. It was presented with the cooperation of The Israeli Antiquities Authority.

"How the World Began breathed new life into a timely debate," said Lauren Yarger, executive director of Masterwork Productions. "Ms. Trieschmann creates complex, likable characters who are opposed on the issues, but very respectful of each other as people."

"The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit was a real treat," she continued. "It doesn't get much more literal about bringing the Word of God to the theater district and the museum did so in a way that was meaningful to believers while being interesting to those who had no religious connection to the scrolls. The exhibit also was respectful of all faiths."

Carl Cricco, director of marketing at Running Subway Productions will accept the award for Discovery Times Square. Presentation of the award to Treischmann has not been set.

The Women's Project  in New York, Julie Crosby, producing artistic director, is the nation's oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting theater created by women. Discovery Times Square is is the destination for discovery through unique exhibits in New York. Masterwork Productions, Inc. is a Christian performing arts organization offering the only resource for professional Broadway theater reviews with added information about language and content at Reflections in the Light.

Past winners of "The Lights Are Bright on Broadway Award":
2009 Cheryl Cutlip/Project Dance & Dan Gordan, author Irena's Vow on Broadway
2010 Kia Corthron, author of A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Creek (Playrights Horizons) and Max McLean/The Screwtape Letters (Westside Theatre)
2011 Retta Blaney, producer Broadway Blessing at St. John Cathedral and Dave Davlos, author  of Wittenberg (Pearl Theatre Co.)

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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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