Friday, May 27, 2011

The Lights Are Bright on Broadway Awards

It's time to let us know which people and shows you think have made a difference through their Christian faith.

Masterwork Productions, Inc. bestows the annual The Lights Are Bright on Broadway Awards each year for individuals and organizations reaching out in the Broadway community. Has someone touched your life? Did a show make you think about God or faith differently? Let us know.

Send us your nominations, along with information links to  While many individuals or organizations may be having an impact in other theater community, this award is for those making a difference in the Broadway community only.
Nominations EXTENDED TRHOUGH JUNE 3. Award recipients will be announced June 15.

Last year's recipients were Max McLean for his interpretation of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters Off-Broadway and Kia Corthron, author of A Cool Dop in the barren Saharan Crick at Playwrights Horizons. In 2009, recipients were Dan Gordon, author of Irena's Vow on Broadway and Cheryl Cutlip, founder of Project Dance in Times Square.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Broadway Season Ends

Last reviews of the season are up ( including
The Normal Heart
A Minister's Wife
Baby It's You
Sleep No More
The People in the Picture
The House of Blue Leaves

The Drama Desk Awards are tomorrow night. Outer Critic Awards are Thursday and the Tonys are June 12.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Theater Review Wins Award

Lauren Yarger, executive director of Masterwork Productions, Inc., will receive awards tonight from the Connecticut Press Club.

Her review of Broadway's Driving Miss Daisy posted at has received a second-place award for web criticism. Yarger, a member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle and the American Theater Critics Association, writes reviews of Broadway and New York theater for the site, which is the only source of reviews with added information for Christian perspective.

In addition, she will receive a first-place award for editing for the web for the site Connecticut Arts Connection ( which she also edits. It contains news and features about Connecticut arts and Yarger's reviews of Connecticut's professional theater productions.

The 10th annual awards banquet will be held in Norwalk. TV news exec Al Primo, credited with creating the Eyewitness News format, will receive the Mark Twain Award of Excellence.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tennessee Torry Rides Again....

Comedian Torry Martin wraps up his Christ in Youth "Believe Tour" this weekend. Catch his latest humor column, "Tennessee Torry and the Search for Prayer Time" in the Oncourse Magazine Extended Spring 2011 ebook at

For information about booking Torry for an event at your church, visit

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Join Christians in Theatre Arts for Conference in Puerto Rico

Registration is now open for the Christians in Theatre Arts pre-conference workshops and conference in Puerto Rico July 14-16/

Register for your hotel room by May 15 for the special CITA rate. More information available at

A Source for Christian Theater Scripts

Christian Theatre Scripts from award-winning playwright Sandy Boikian offers plays to audiences who are tired of being preached at, tired of not identifying with stereotypical characters, and tired of mediocrity in Christian theater.

“This isn’t just exciting Christian theater. This is exciting theater, period,” says Ron Bloom, artist and pastor.

Boikian has been called a “master storyteller,” drawing from real-life experiences and using the senses to create curiosity, suspense, and intensity. She's written for many different genres including dramedy, mystery, farce, spiritual warfare, End Times, and radio drama.
“I realize that in producing these plays, your ‘aim’ is primarily evangelistic in nature," commented Kelli Slattery after attending a performance. "But be encouraged to know that believers get more than superb entertainment. They experience God’s very presence.
Not only does CTS offer critically acclaimed plays for your church or troupe, but each script comes with a full package of "extras," so whether you are a seasoned producer or have never attempted to stage a play in your life, you will receive all the help you need to mount a successful production.

Free scripts are available for your perusal. At the website you can also sign up for a free monthly newsletter packed with nuggets for producing and directing. Visit for further information.

May is Digital Outreach Month

According to the team at Internet Evangelism Day, you have an incredible gift at your fingertips - literally. Your keyboard.

There is growing potential to share the good news online in a variety of ways. Christians can investigate these options during May, which has been designated Digital Outreach Month. At its center is the worldwide annual focus Sunday, Internet Evangelism Day itself, on May 15.

"You do not need to be technical," says Tony Whittaker, IE Day coordinator. "There are many simple yet fulfilling ways of being salt and light in cyberspace."

On May 15, IE Day is partnering with several major publishers to offer free e-book downloads of Christian titles which are normally pay-for. These cover web evangelism, social networking and other areas of effective communication.

"This is a great opportunity to explore digital evangelism. I encourage Christians everywhere to take advantage of these free downloads to learn how to effectively share their faith in the digital world," says Naomi Frizzell, Chief Communications Officer of The Lausanne Movement.

IE Day encourages churches and other groups to focus on digital evangelism during May, at any level they choose. As a minimum, IE Day can be featured in a church bulletin, so that members can investigate its resource website. Alternatively, focus spots can be created during meetings using IE Day's free downloadable video clips or PowerPoint, or even perform a drama sketch that relates to online evangelism. Two new video-clip resource sites could be showcased live by projection, to demonstrate how to add an evangelistic video to Facebook with one click. These videos can also be downloaded to a mobile phone to share face-to-face.

IE Day's site includes pages on using mobile phones for evangelism, creating 'outsider-friendly' church websites and introductory videos, social networking, how to blog or build a website, and much else. Explore to learn more.

Redeemer Arts Ministries Meet for Picnic in the Park

The worship department and the arts ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York will hold its first combined event with a picnic in Central Park’s Arthur Ross Pinetum on Monday, May 9 for all of our vocation group members.

If you attend an arts-related vocation group please join the group between 5 and 8:30 pm. Tasty, sweet and savory appetizers as well as soft drinks will be supplied. Come prepared to meet fellow vocation group members and artists and to celebrate the arts at Redeemer.

Where is the Arthur Ross Pinetum? It can be accessed through the West 84th or West 86th Street entrance and is east of West Drive. The Great Lawn sits to the east; the Delacorte Theater is also nearby.
To register visit

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The Blind Side

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



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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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