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March, 2011

The Curator’s Secret

Roy here. I’m one of the owners of the Hideout, the Artistic Director, and the director of Austin Secrets.

During an actual show of Austin Secret, my usual role is that of curator. That means that I:

* decide what secrets we’ll be using in the show
* decide what order they’ll display in
* host the show
* help lighten the tone when the show goes dark

During the course of the show, our performers bare their souls. Act II in particular has them answering deeply personal questions about themselves in front of the audience… and usually getting made fun of for it.

So in many ways, I’m the most detached person in the room. I know what the secrets are going to be, and I don’t have to reveal any bit of myself for the show to work.

I’m always surprised when I hear that cast members have submitted secrets for use in the show. I’ve never felt a desire to do that myself. I just felt like we were the other side of the equation. Wouldn’t it be weird to be interpreting your own secret, or to see your fellow performers get something wrong?

But for the Long Center show I’m going to submit a secret. I don’t even know what it’s going to be yet, but I’m already terrified that it will be painfully obvious which secret is mine. Now that my mind is made up about this, I feel like it’s something I should have done 2 years ago… to see how it feel from the audience’s perspective.

Okay, so this is kind of a last minute marketing ploy. But that doesn’t make me any less nervous. It’ll be a night of discovery for sure.

Come watch me squirm.

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Desperately Seeking Secrets

So we’ve got this show on Thursday, March 24th at 8PM. It’s kind of a big deal for us. Maybe you’ve heard about it?

We’re bringing Austin Secrets to the Long Center. 200+ seats, with the secrets projected on the giant screen behind the stage. We’re hoping that the magic of the show is magnified and the night becomes one to remember for a long, long time.

Now Austin Secrets sometimes uses secrets from the national PostSecret project. But we really really like it when we use secrets submitted by Austinites specifically for use in our little show.

Our goal is to use nothing but Austin secrets in the Long Center show.

But to do that, we need a whole new crop of secrets to choose from over the next few days. So spread this high and low. Send people here to submit their secrets via this form. It’s totally anonymous. Text is great. Pictures are even better!

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