News Reviews & Events
February 15 & 16, 2014 - Walking Shadow and Mixed Blood Theatre are teaming up to produce Minneapolis' Second Annual One Minute Play Festival. Two nights only!
February 7, 2014 – Opening night for Schiller's Mary Stuart by Peter Oswald, directed by John Heimbuch.
November 22, 2013 – Opening night for The Sexual Life of Savages by Ian MacAllister-McDonald, directed by Amy Rummenie.
November 14, 2013 - Thank you for your generous support of Walking Shadow on this year's Give to the Max Day!
September 23, 2013 – Actor Craig Johnson received an IVEY Award for his performance as Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.
August 21, 2013 – Announcing our 2013-2014 season!
August 13, 2013 – Walking Shadow is holding open auditions from August 25-27. Sign up for an audition time.
August 1, 2013 – Co-Artistic Director John Heimbuch is currently being featured in the IVEY Awards' ongoing super-hero themed advertising campaign
July 15, 2013 – We decided to postpone our upcoming puzzle show Cabal to search for a more appropriate venue.
May 19, 2013 – The Star Tribune called Walking Shadow "Best Theater with a Skimpy Budget" in their 2013 Best of Minnesota awards!
April 12, 2013 – Walking Shadow opened our production of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.
April 5, 2013 – The Star Tribune ran profiles of three small Twin Cities Theatre companies: Ten Thousand Things, Dark & Stormy, and Walking Shadow
March 3, 2013 – We've added an additional Sunday matinee performance to our run of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!
February 9, 2013 – Walking Shadow opened The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Red Eye Theater, written by John Heimbuch and directed by Jon Ferguson.
December 13, 2012 – Lavender Magazine has cited Walking Shadow's productions of An Ideal Husband (#3) and Compleat Female Stage Beauty (#7) among their Best Productions of 2012. And company member Amy Rummenie was called "Best Director" for her work on Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband. Read the article here.
November 16, 2012 – Thank you for your generous support of Walking Shadow Theatre Company and other Minnesota Non-Profit Organizations during Give to the Max Day 2012!
September 26, 2012 – Matt Dawson wrote an article for Minnesota Playlist filled with spiteful praise of Walking Shadow entitled "Why I Hate Walking Shadow Theatre Company." Read the article here.
September 26, 2012 – The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council has awarded Walking Shadow with an Arts Activities Grant in support of our upcoming production of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.
September 24, 2012 – Walking Shadow's production of Compleat Female Stage Beauty received an IVEY Award for Overall Excellence. The IVEY Awards are an annual ceremony recognizing outstanding achievements in Twin Cities professional theatre during the past year. Artistic Directors Amy Rummenie, John Heimbuch, David Pisa and leading actor Wade Vaughn accepted the award. Thanks to everyone who made this production possible - talented artists, dedicated staff, generous donors, and enthusiastic audiences. This award for Overall Excellence belongs to all of us. Thank you!
September 14, 2012 - Walking Shadow opened Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.
August 19, 2012 – Thanks to everyone who attended our annual fundraiser party at moto-i restaurant! Highlights of the night included moto-i's beef rangoons, live music from the Shadow Walkers, and lots of fantastic prizes. Congratulations to Vicki Munson, who won the honor of being Walking Shadow’s #1 Fan for the 2012-2013 season!
July 11, 2012 – Walking Shadow announced its ninth season! Read about the shows.
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
written by Moisés Kaufman, directed by Amy Rummenie
"The play gets a rigorous and moving [production] from Walking Shadow Theater Company, with director Amy Rummenie capturing the political and social motivations behind the trials, while actor Craig Johnson brings out the wit, intelligence, convictions, and eventually emotional ruin of Wilde… There's plenty of texture here, provided by a company of actors who take on dozens of roles, from the lawyers for the defense and the crown to the young men whom Wilde befriended and loved… But the core here is Wilde, and Johnson's tremendous performance. While he is cagey about the details of his lifestyle — remember, an open discussion of it would be admitting to a crime — Wilde is rigorous in defense of his art. Johnson builds one of the deepest and richest performances on a local stage in quite some time." – Ed Huyck, City Pages
"...a tautly directed, excellently acted production from Walking Shadow Theatre Company. Its nine actors are uniformly outstanding, spearheaded by Craig Johnson's complex, subtle portrayal of Wilde… Director Amy Rummenie does an admirable job of bringing visual flair to a play built chiefly around one wit on the witness stand cleverly deflecting questions and parrying with the prosecution... Walking Shadow's production is full of terrific performances. Swirling around Johnson is a constellation of star turns, most impressive when the actors are quickly transforming from one distinct, layered character into another. Among the most notable metamorphoses are James Tucker turning from Wilde's hostile, hard-bitten accuser into an effete, erudite prosecutor, and David Beukema being both the imperious Queen Victoria and a frightened young friend coerced to testify against Wilde." – Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
written by John Heimbuch, directed by Jon Ferguson
"Playwright John Heimbuch and director Jon Ferguson infuse this work with a lively blend of gothic terror and tongue-in-cheek humor that ably captures Irving’s story and demonstrates why it remains so compelling. The image of the horse and rider, created out of nothing more than the scraps of wood, cloth and debris that litter the stage, becomes a tangible symbol for the way in which the mind can create fear out of half-glimpsed shadows, a creaking door and an overactive imagination. A heightened sense of unreality combined with a theatrically presentational style characterizes the aptly off-balance and uneasy world of this play.... A finely tuned physicality, combined with a clever balance of humor, horror and designer Erica Zaffarano’s inventive scenic elements, give this production a rare zest. Walking Shadow is to be commended for creating such a compelling piece of theater." – Lisa Brock, Star Tribune
"In the dead of winter, Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents a lively ghost tale that's deliciously creative both in the script by John Heimbuch and direction of Jon Ferguson. The plot of their version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow hews surprisingly close to Washington Irving's nearly 200-year-old tale while adding fresh comic and fantastical elements." – Renee Valois, Pioneer Press
"...as an easily-watchable escape from the winter sleet and an utterly entertaining example of well-crafted storytelling, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a complete theatrical experience that is sure to please." –Sophie Kerman, Aisle Say Twin Cities
"This production is a minor masterpiece of onstage storytelling... The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the most absorbing, entertaining shows you’re likely to see on stage this season. You’ll forget it’s not Halloween as Walking Shadow’s clever crew draw you into this classic story of a cocky academic whose book learning can’t save him from falling victim to his own superstitions. You’ll laugh with him, you’ll laugh at him, and then, as the tension mounts and the Hessian gallops, you might find yourself getting a little spooked too." – Jay Gabler, Vita.mn
written by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Amy Rummenie
"[This] production, which opened Walking Shadow Theatre's season Friday at Minneapolis' Pillsbury House Theatre, is nearly perfect in its sensitivity and sensibility... So thanks to Walking Shadow for holding this exquisite jewel to the light with exceptional care and affection. It is that rarest of things: a sad joy." – Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
"It is a tribute to Walking Shadow’s courage and ability that they have chosen such a challenging play and have staged it beautifully... Crossing back and forth between the stark world of the living and the timelessness of death, Eurydice explores remembrance and loss with delicacy, compassion and humor. In a mythical landscape where it is all too easy to give in and let memories be washed away, this production is hauntingly hard to forget." – Sophie Kerman, Aisle Say
Compleat Female Stage Beauty
written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by John Heimbuch
"Wade Vaughan cut a wide swath as Ned Kynaston, one of the last men to portray women on the Restoration stage. The production forced us to see the larger capabilities this small company possesses. Most astonishing is the fact that it was the first time this Jeffrey Hatcher script has been performed locally. What took so long?" – Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
"Walking Shadow Theatre Company delved into issues of identity throughout 2012, and found considerable success with this production. The story about a man losing his place in society when women are allowed in - in this case, actors in Restoration England -- has its obvious parallels to today, but Jeff Hatcher's script and John Heimbuch's production are much more interested in what all this pretending has to do with the art of acting." – Ed Huyck, City Pages