Monday, June 29, 2009

'Lights Are Bright on Broadway' Award Presented at Irena's Vow

Brad Coolidge photo.
Tovah Fledshuh, left, star of Broadway's Irena's Vow, accepts "The Lights Are Bright on Broadway" Award from Executive Director Lauren Yarger following the matinee performance Saturday at the Walter Kerr Theater. Ms. Felshuh accepted the award on behalf of playwright Dan Gordon, who received the award from Masterwork Productions, Inc for his insightful and moving play about the extraordinary life of Irena Gut Opdyke and the hope and endurance of the human spirit. The play "honors God and is an inspirational portrait of faith," the award read.
Thomas Ryan, right, who plays Major Rugemer, looks on. For a review of the play, which closed its Broadway run last weekend, click here.

The second recipient of a 2009 "The Lights Are Bright on Broadway" Award is Cheryl Cutlip, founder of Project Dance. Ms. Cutlip will receive her award at an upcoming New York event to be announced.

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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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