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Austin Secrets

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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.
Your secrets.

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.

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.”

The 2015 cast is:

Andy Crouch (Hideout Education Director)

Chuy Zarate (The Big Bash)

Courtney Hopkin (Your Terrific Neighbors)

Heather Hasselle (Hideout Mainstage Debut)

John Ratliff (Dervish, Glamping Trip. Director: Church of the Indeterminate Divinity. )

Jon Bolden (Bad Boys. Director: Nothing and Everything, Manhattan Stories)

Kaci Beeler (Parallelogramophonograph. Director: Reform School for Wayward Girls)

Lisa Jackson (Dervish, Galactic)

Quinn Buckner (Rhino Dino, Austin/Austin)

Shannon Stott (The International Improv Experience)

Theo Daley (Hideout Mainstage Debut)

Valerie Ward (Parallelogramophonograph. Director: A Bedtime Gorey, Manhattan Stories.)

Directed by: Roy Janik

Technical Director: Lindsey McGowen

Technical Improvisers: Mike Reed, Ripley Adams, Ian Marcotte, and Norman Tran

Scenic and Visual Design: Kaci Beeler

We need your secrets for the show! Share anything at all, so long as it is something you’ve never told anyone at all.

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