Read what the people are saying about Walking Shadow’s Cabal

Magic and A/C: Walking Shadow’s puzzle/play 'Cabal' is pretty cool - Jay Gabler, City Pages

Review: There’s no escaping the engaging ‘Cabal’ - Dominic Papatola, Pioneer Press

Interactive experience in Minneapolis combines puzzle solving with theater - Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune

Regional Reviews: Minneapolis/St. Paul - Cabal - Arthur Dorman, Talkin’ Broadway

Art Hounds: Art that activates ‘the other four’ senses - Marianne Combs, Minnesota Public Radio

Interview with Writer/Director John Heimbuch - Dixie Triechel & John Townsend, KFAI Fresh Fruit Radio

Welcome to the Cabal - Dixie Triechel, KFAI 10,000 Fresh Voices

Review: CABAL at Walking Shadow Theatre - Laura Schmidt, Broadway World

ARTCETERA - It's been a summer of world premieres at Twin Cities theaters - Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune

Cabal: Deep Secrets in Plain Sight - Ed Huyck, Massed Gadgets of Hercules

The Magic of Cabal - That Chronic Illness Life

CABAL Press Release — August 26, 2019 — For Immediate Release


John Heimbuch, Walking Shadow Theatre Company 

David Pisa, Walking Shadow Theatre Company 

Walking Shadow’s Cabal – a play with puzzles – adds new cast members and additional performance dates

Cabal - a play with puzzles
Puzzles and Production by David Pisa
Script and Direction by John Heimbuch
Now booking through September 29, 2019

Walking Shadow’s acclaimed immersive play with puzzles, Cabal, has added new cast members who will perform in rotation with the original cast. The initial cast of Cabal featured Jamie Case and Tara Borman. They are now joined by Sophina Saggau and Laila Sahir, who will share the roles of Morgan Zakar and Jack Nimble on a rotating basis.

Sophina Saggau (Jack Nimble) is a graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. Her favorite past roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Clytemnestra in Agamemnon, and Cass in The Adventures of Tibby and Cass which she co-wrote and co-directed.

Laila Sahir (Morgan Zakar) is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA. Her most recent credits include Artificial (Hercules Theatre Company), Evita (Lyric Arts), and As You Like It (21/40 Productions). She is absolutely thrilled to be joining this team and cannot wait to share this story with everyone!

Tara Borman (Morgan Zakar) is fresh off the boat from a year of donning sequins and singing pop songs on the “Silversea” luxury cruise ships. Tara is also an original cast member of the midwestern phenomenon Church Basement Ladies, having performed her role of Beverly over 2,000 times in various productions. Other credits include work with Yellow Tree Theatre, Artistry, 7th House, Sidekick Theatre & The Actors Theatre of MN. Currently, you can also catch Tara in the new interactive dinner show Happy Birthday You Dirty Rat at Al’s Speakeasy. 

Jamie Case (Jack Nimble) is a freelance actor and scenic carpenter in the Twin Cities. She received her BFA in Acting from the University of South Dakota. Theatre credits include Rochester Civic Theatre (Moon Over Buffalo, Diary of Anne Frank), Artistry (W;t, Noises Off), Swandive Theatre (mONSTER, Bliss as part of the Living Room Tour), Theatre Forever (Venetian Twins), Nebraska Shakespeare on Tour (As You Like It), and South Dakota Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew). Jamie was also a manager at Trapped Puzzle Rooms for nearly three years and has played over 60 escape rooms.

Cabal combines intimate acting with an immersive environment and enormous, hands-on puzzles for the audience to solve. Because of the interactive nature of the show, each audience is limited to just 10 people. In Cabal, the audience become Initiates to a magical secret society. When something suddenly goes awry, they must join the action, completing unique puzzles to help solve the mystery. Part play, part escape room, Cabal is structured like a video game, alternating playable moments with actor-driven story sequences.

Cabal is the third play with puzzles from Walking Shadow, following the sold-out 1926 Pleasant at the 2006 Fringe Festival and the immensely popular Saboteur in 2011. Puzzles from previous productions (which predated formal escape rooms) included a 3D jigsaw puzzle with 2-foot pieces, a laser maze, a giant tilt maze, and a room full of bones and eggs. Cabal’s original puzzles are tailored to the story’s world of magic, and are designed to be fun rather than fiendish!

Puzzle Designer and Project Lead David Pisa (1926 Pleasant, Saboteur) has previously designed interactive puzzles events and escape rooms for Riddle Room (2017 Golden Lock-In Award from Room Escape Artist), Northern Spark (including the Night Library), MNZero, and many others. He is also Walking Shadow’s Executive Director. 

Script Writer and Performance Director John Heimbuch (as writer: The Transdimensional Couriers Union, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Drakul, A Midwinter Night’s Revel; as director: The Aliens, Marie Antoinette, Mary Stuart, Hatchet Lady) has previous written and performed in puzzle events for Walking Shadow, Northern Spark, and the Minnesota History Center. He is also Walking Shadow’s Co-Artistic Director.

Cabal’s design and production team comprises more than 40 designers and artists, including an architect, electrical engineers, computer programmers, and sculptors, in addition to the usual sound (Isabel Patt), lights (Megan Reilly), costumes (E. Amy Hill) and sets (also David Pisa).

About Walking Shadow Theatre Company:

Since 2004, Walking Shadow Theatre has created well-staged and carefully-researched independent theater. Walking Shadow has been recognized with two Ivey Awards for Overall Excellence for its productions of Gabriel and Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Other popular productions include Hatchet Lady, Red VelvetA Midwinter Night’s RevelThe CowardThe WhaleGross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Jon Ferguson and John Heimbuch’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Robots vs. Fake Robots by David Largman Murray. Cabal is Walking Shadow’s 46th production and our 3rd play with puzzles after 1926 Pleasant and Saboteur.


EVENT:                                                Cabal
PROJECT LEAD:                                David Pisa                       
STORY BY:                                         John Heimbuch & David Pisa
SCRIPT BY:                                    John Heimbuch
PUZZLES BY:                                David Pisa
ACTORS DIRECTED BY:             John Heimbuch
NOTE:                                                World Premiere, Original Production, Very Limited Audience Capacity. 

DATES:                                           Open-ended. Tickets currently booking through September 29.
VENUE:                                         2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN
TICKETS:                                      $45, advance purchase required
RUNTIME:                                    Approximately 90 minutes, depending on audience.
RECOMMENDED AGE:             14+
RESERVATIONS:                        only available through the link at

SUMMARY: Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.  

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. An original Play with Puzzles by Walking Shadow Theatre Company.


Cabal  logo by Erik A. Evensen.

Cabal logo by Erik A. Evensen.

Cabal  press image, featuring Tara Borman. Photo by Dan Norman.

Cabal press image, featuring Tara Borman. Photo by Dan Norman.

Cabal  press image, featuring Jamie Case. Photo by Dan Norman.

Cabal press image, featuring Jamie Case. Photo by Dan Norman.