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“An honest, wonderful night of theatre.”
-The Austin Chronicle
This show is about you.
Your stories. Your fears. Your triumphs. Your failures.
There is a movement afoot… a movement that celebrates the power of everyday lives, and which proclaims that the memories we hold within our hearts are the most powerful stories we can tell.
You can see it alive in projects like PostSecret, Mortified, Found Magazine, StoryCorps, and This American Life, all of which take our lives and reflect them back to us respectfully, humorously, and sincerely.
That is where Austin Secrets takes its motivation. In every show we’ll use improvisation to explore secrets anonymously submitted by you and other Austinites. Serious secrets will be treated with proper respect, and more lighthearted secrets will be treated frivolously, so expect a mix of drama, comedy, and everything in between.
The 2013 cast is Aaron Saenz, Alex Dobrenko, Bridget Brewer, Chuy Zarate, Courtney Hopkin, Halyn Lee Erickson, Jeanette Jones, John Ratliff, Jon Bolden, Kaci Beeler, Karen DeWitt, Marc Majcher and Michael Joplin.
Got a secret of your own to share? Submit it here:
Read the review of Austin Secrets in The Austin Chronicle >>
The audience reacts to the secrets as much as it reacts to the improv, and the show’s construct actively tries to share revelations and reactions between the cast and the crowd. [...] Austin Secrets respects its source material and creates an honest, wonderful night of theatre.
Read the interview in The Austinist >>
“With improv, you get comedy almost for free, and it’s super easy to go to wacky, insane places. But to create tension, tears, and shock… that’s where things get really interesting for me.”
Read Kareem’s thoughts on what makes Austin Secrets tick >>
I’ve been trying to figure out what about this show in particular allows that kind of energy, and I think I’ve figured it out: Subtext. All good theatre–good fiction in general–has subtext. The meaning under and behind the literal dialog that characters say tell the real story.
Read the Chronicle’s interview with Roy Janik and the cast of Austin Secrets >>
“Feeling an audience hold their breath and come along with you into a quiet, painful place is this thrilling, delicate thing that we’re just beginning to cultivate.”