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... "

For more information, visit

Travel with Christian Artists

Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) offers a number of opportunities to connect, learn and minister.
Coming up:
The Applied Theatre Conference
will be held at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC March 25-26. Join four distinguished experts in applied theatre along with hundreds of theatre practitioners, social workers, ministers, educators, caregivers and others concerned with the welfare of people in underserved communities for two days of dynamic interaction.

Select one of four tracks (theatre and autism, theatre and social justice, theatre with the homeless and theatre in prisons) and learn new applications of theatre to impact the lives of those you serve.Whether your theater background is extensive or nonexistent; whether you are currently plugged into social work or not – this conference will inspire you and provide you with tools to become an effective caregiver to these, and other, marginalized communities.

It is not too late to join leaders Rich Swingle and Kim Messer on a trip to Jordan and Israel May 16-24, 2011! Harmony International is extending payment time for anyone interested.

The CITA San Juan Puerto Rico Conference will be held July 15-17. Join Christian theatre artists from Puerto Rico, the US and Canada and many other countries for three days of cross cultural exchange, encouragement, and equipping for the ministry of theater. Whether you are an artist working in a church, school, or professional setting; whether you are a part of a group or a solo artist; actors, directors, writers, designers, dancers, all theater artists are invited to contribute to and benefit from this dynamic gathering San Juan.

For more information on any of these opportunities, visit www.cita,org.

Christian Editor ExpressesThoughts on Culture

Andy Crouch, senior editor at Christianity Today, has some interesting thoughts about Christians and culture in the organizations Outcomes online newsletter. Check it out at

Monday, January 17, 2011

Squeeze in One of These Events

Photo © 2011 Jeff Lisenby

Find Jeff Lisenby rockin' out on the keyboard or accordion at these venues. Can't make any shows? Visit Jeff's website for new video, including some fun retro clips.

frist center for the visual arts
12:30 pm
919 Broadway
with Snappy Pappy

tully's bistro
Marysville, TN
with Carolyn Martin

puckett's grocery
120 4th Ave S
Franklin, TN
with Carolyn Martin

st clair center
Murfreesboro, TN

university club
Oxford, MS

Valentine's Day on the General Jackson Showboat
w/ the Craig Duncan Orchestra

von braun
Huntsville AL

frist center for the visual arts
with Snappy Pappy

knowles center
w/ Sax & Sounds

TN DECA Awards
w/ Frank Kirchner Orchestra

Steve Ross Performs at EAG

Cabaret singer Steve Ross will perform at the Episcopal Actors' Guild Hall (1 East 29th St., NYC) 7 pm, Jan. 20.

To attends, email or call 212-685-2927. A donation of $10 to benefit the guild's Actors in Need fund is suggested. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Since becoming one of New York's premiere cabaret singers in the 1970s, Ross has has been featured at The Algonquin Hotel and the Paris Ritz, on NPR and the BBC, and in 1997, as part of the Broadway production of Noel Coward's Present Laughter.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christian Retreats, Camping in New Hampshire at Singing Hills

Singing Hills Christian Conference Center in Plainfield, NH promotes Jesus Christ through camping, conferences, and retreats. Their friendly staff hosts groups and individuals year-round.
Excellent conference facilities, traditional outdoor camping, and 135 secluded acres to enjoy, Singing Hills is located in the woodlands of Western New Hampshire.

The facility can accommodate a total of 250+ guests overnight, as well as provide them with meals, meeting areas, audio visual equipment,and numerous recreational options. The needs of several groups can be met at one time. Each guest group is provided with their own housing and meeting area, while sharing dining and recreational facilities. Each of the two main buildings have a comfortable lounge area for relaxing times or small group meetings, as well as large stone fireplaces that serve as key fellowship areas, especially during the winter season. Meeting areas include two large, air conditioned chapels which are equipped with sound systems and pianos.

For information about booking your event or retreat at Sunging Hills, contact Ruth at

Daily Inspiration

The Blind Side

Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."



Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at

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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