One of the most impactful of Twin Cities performance groups to emerge in recent years has been Walking Shadow Theatre Company. In an economically stressed climate that has provided no shortage of theatre related casualties, Walking Shadow continues to succeed thanks in no small part for daring to tackle unusually nuanced, thought-provoking work that speaks directly to contemporary concerns. Their recently announced 5th season looks to further their reputation with 3 ambitious works, including an original by company member John Heimbuch (William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, The Transdimensional Couriers Union).
Production summaries are provided by Walking Shadow Theatre Company:
November 5th – 20th, 2010
The Crowd You’re In With (Minnesota Premiere)
When Melinda and Jasper invite a few friends over for the Fourth of July, things heat up quickly. As their glowingly expectant friends spar with their decidedly childless landlords, Melinda and Jasper try to conceive their own answer. In this funny and thought-provoking new play, Rebecca Gilman (author of Spinning Into Butter and Boy Gets Girl) explores the mysteries of life-changing decisions, biological imperative, free will, and sangria. Runs at People’s Center Theater.
February 11th – 26th, 2011
Drakul (World Premiere)
London, 1897. Seven years have passed since the Count crumbled to dust, but memories of fear lurk in the darkness surrounding this modern age. When the press unveils hidden truths and the story Dracula is published, the troubled survivors must struggle to protect all they hold dear. Lies fester, love lingers, and the past won’t stay buried forever. An original work by John Heimbuch, freely adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Runs at the Red Eye Theater.
May 6th – 21st, 2011
after the quake (Minnesota Premiere)
Junpei still loves his best friend’s wife. When the Earthquake Man haunts her young daughter, the timid writer searches for the courage they both need. He tells the story of Katagiri, a simple man recruited by a talking frog to do battle against the giant monster burrowed beneath Tokyo! These threads weave together in a tender and fantastic exploration of life after a disaster by bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. Adapted for the stage by Frank Galati. Runs at People’s Center Theater.
For more information: Walking Shadow Theatre Company