The Secret City December 2nd – LIGHT

Obie Award-winning New York-based performance happening, The Secret City announces their latest visit to Los Angeles – Sunday, December 2nd at noon at the Bootleg Theater. Part tent-revival, part cabaret, and part ceremony, The Secret City is an ecstatic happening by and for the creative community, where artists and art lovers gather to reconnect to their calling and each other. The theme for December is LIGHT, in honor of the winter solstice, and the artists and work presented will take inspiration from the theme.

A monthly staple to the downtown NY arts community since 2007, The Secret City is now offering local quarterly performances that have grabbed LA’s heart and won’t let go. The west coast incarnation, which debuted in June 2012 and returned in September by popular demand – both to packed houses – features live music, culinary art, storytelling, a cultural calendar, visual art, audience participation and The Secret City Singers. Each service is a one-of-a-kind event with deep restorative power and tremendous joy.

Founder/Artistic Director Chris Wells, a former stalwart of the LA theatre community and past winner of LA Weekly and Ovation Awards, says, “I am thrilled to begin uniting the creative communities of New York and Los Angeles with this gathering. These services in LA have been fantastic – I can’t wait to come back to the Bootleg and my hometown.”

The New York Times said The Secret City is “Sort of a Salon, Sort of a Church… From its origins as a kind of fortifying ritual for beleaguered theater artists, [it] has grown into a half-irreverent, half-earnest blend of revival meeting and group meditation session.”

Wells and The Secret City were awarded a Special Citation Obie Award in 2010 for service to the creative community. Guest artist alumni include Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, celebrity chefAmanda Freitag, performance artist John Fleck, Obie Award-winners Taylor Mac and Jennifer Miller, and a slew of downtown NY stars like Sxip Shirey and Jomama Jones.

The Secret City is open to all, suggested donation is $15, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. The Secret City will meet at noon on Sunday, December 2nd, at The Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90057. Free childcare is provided, and there is a “coffee hour” reception in the lobby immediately following the performance.

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About the Author: ENCI is an actor and recently turned writer and director. She is an urban cyclist, passionate about living intentionally, about leaving less behind and about living healthy. Enci is a member of SAG and AFTRA and is on the board of the 501(c)4 Bikeside and is co-founder of the Bike Writers Collective. Enci teaches all over town about web etiquettes and social media and is involved with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council where she serves on the Arts & Culture Committee. Enci is passionate about leaning new things and currently she is studying ASL. You can visit her at or read about her adventures at

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