Saturday, April 2, 2011

Memorial Service for Max Wilk in Southport April 9

A memorial service celebrating the life of Max Wilk will take place April 9 at 3 pm at the Pequot Library in Southport. The ceremony will feature music and various speakers who were close to Wilk. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

Max Wilk, author, playwright, film and television writer, and dramaturg for the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford for nearly three decades, died Feb. 19 in his home in Westport at 90.

While at the O’Neill, Wilk helped both emerging and established playwrights refine their plays, working with some of modern theater’s top luminaries. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama, served in the military and had an impressive career as a writer, playwright and screenwriter. Wilk was the author of 19 books, four films, three produced plays and countless television shows and magazine articles.

The O’Neill also is planning a gathering in honor of Wilk during its 2011 summer season, more details to follow.

The Pequot Library is located at 720 Pequot Avenue Southport.

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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.”

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

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 (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at She
is editor of The award-winning Connecticut Arts Connection (,

She is a theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. She previously served as Contributing Editor for, Connecticut theater editor
for and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web. Yarger is a book reviewer and writer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented
by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle (awards committee).

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts,
the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.

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