A Love Letter from the Theater

Goblin Secrets is going to be a play.

The great Wyckham Avery has spent years tinkering with an adaptation. This summer they workshopped the script with a full cast of young actors as part of the Greenhouse Incubator Series at Andy’s Summer Playhouse. Last weekend they staged a reading. I was there, and I was overwhelmed.

The novel is my love letter to theater itself.

This adaptation feels like an answering letter.

Here’s a picture of the chairs and ever-useful stage cubes right before the reading. I’m not posting any pix of the actors themselves, because they are kids and one should not post pictures of other people’s kids on the internet. You’ll just have to imagine child-actors transforming into goblins and stacking these very cubes in many artful ways.

Next year they will put on a full and complete production with lights and costumes and masks. SO MANY MASKS.

I like masks.

The guiding ethic of Andy’s Summer Playhouse is “an unrelenting faith in the integrity, dignity, and importance of children and their point of view.” I approve. If you are currently somewhere near southern New Hampshire, please check out their current season.

If you come to the Playhouse next summer, then I’ll see you at the show.