Thursday, April 12, 2012

Teen Coming-of-Age Rock Story Spring Awakening Plays CT Rep

 Marisa Desa as Wendla (left), Will Graziano as Melchior (center) and Michael John Improta.  Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will present the Tony-Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, April 12 -28 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen, Storrs.
Spring Awakening was the first play penned by Frank Wedekind whose work generated considerable scandal and jail time for the writer. It is re-imagined by rockers Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

The story  follows a group of teenagers overwhelmed with hormones, feelings of desire and shame, and a total lack of understanding of sex, love and what it means to grow up. All of the young adults are floundering and at risk due to the puritanical rules forced on them by overbearing adult figures. Some of the teens are able to push through while others simply self-destruct. None of them escape without scars but all experience lessons about coming of age and life.
Director Vincent J. Cardinal said, “Like the original 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, this intoxicating coming of age rock musical intends to drop kick traditional conventions of theatre while telling the stories of a group of teens who are taking their first thrilling, terrifying, hopeful steps on the human journey.”

Spring Awakening won eight Tony awards including best musical and best score, as well as four drama desk awards including Outstanding Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. 

For tickets and information, call 860-486-4226 or visit

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Lauren Yarger with playwright Alfred Uhry at the Mark Twain House. Photo: Jacques Lamarre)

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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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