the next service is in Los Angeles on June 11

From our Grand Poobah | CAMP


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a GRAND POOBAH note – it was a busy few months there and then I slipped into the green lush summer of Upstate New York. BUT, I have news, of course: our last service of this season is coming up in 10 days here in Woodstock. The theme is CAMP! The meaning of camp is many-parted, of course – we’re hoping to examine it from a number of angles. The idea of camping out in the woods, yes. The idea of being campy, yes. The idea of camp being a way of getting at the truth about something by expressing it in a superficial or kitschy way, yes. The lie that tells the truth and all that.

We had our first Woodstock gathering last summer and it was a glorious event – lovely crowd and a great mix of folks up from the city and locals. This year we’re back at the Byrdcliffe Theater and I’m assembling a great group of artists and presenters to share their work and their love of art and art making with us all.

It’s also a really exciting time in the life of The Secret City – we’ve just started building a staff, we have a new associate producer and a new general manager – what a huge leap for us! In addition, our board of directors is cooking with gas and our growing team of intrepid volunteers is showing up to make things happen in the most wonderful of ways.

Next month will be our only month of the year without an event to produce. We’re going to continue to refine things and build infrastructure. We’ll also be launching our annual crowdfunding campaign – so watch for news about that, too.

In the meantime, I’ve got an outfit to plan and a yard to clean – there will be folks camping out in it in the very near future. I hope you can join us – live, in spirit, or sometime in the new season.

Yours in art and community – Chris


About the Author

Chris Wells

CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, actor, singer, cabaret performer, lyricist, teacher and arts activist who has made original theatre, music and performance for many years.