By Blair Lorenzo
“You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything – as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before.”
These words were on the back side of blank, self-addressed postcards that were handed out in Washington, D.C. in 2005. These postcards were the beginning of PostSecret (www.postsecret.com), a blog where Frank Warren, creator and curator of the project, posts a selection of anonymous secrets he receives in the mail.
In the ten years since its inception, this public art project has become internationally recognized: on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, an exhibit at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the subject of six books that all climbed the New York Times best-seller list, and designated by Time magazine as one of the most influential blogs in the world.
Inspired by PostSecret’s international community, Frank Warren and Canadian theatre veterans, TJ Dawe, Kahlil Ashanti and Justin Sudds collaborated to create PostSecret: The Show. PostSecret: The Show is currently on a national tour and will be coming to the Mount Baker Theatre on April 2, 2016.
Three actors and a guitarist along with projected images and videos guide the audience through narratives, revealing the true stories behind the secrets in this stage adaptation of the project. The show is a visual, auditory and emotional journey through the beauty and complication of our deepest fears, ambitions, and confessions. It features real life stories of how the PostSecret project has impacted the lives of people around the world and is embedded with a life-affirming message: “you are not alone.”
Come for the comradery of humanity, inspiring art, and a fascinating new look at how we are all connected. But not to worry, you can still thoroughly enjoy this show while keeping your secrets to yourself.
Sponsor: Liza Gossett