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Allison Witham stars in the regional premiere of Open, Crystal Skillman’s one-person magical show

Open
By Crystal Skillman
Directed by Amy Rummenie
Starring Allison Witham as The Magician
October 12 – November 3, 2019 at the Off-Leash Area ArtBox Theater 

Open is a magic show that takes place in the main character's mind. The audience has been summoned to play a critical role, but why?

Open is a magic act that reveals itself to be a resurrection. A woman called The Magician presents a myriad of tricks for our entertainment, while attempting the impossible: to save the life of her partner, Jenny. Is our faith in her illusions enough to rewrite the past? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and we mustn't look away. Amazing as it may seem, this Magician’s act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate.

This is Open’s second production. It received its debut production in New York this June with All for One Theater Company in a co-production at The Tank Theatre, where it earned playwright Crystal Skillman her fourth NY Times Critics Pick. Her other plays include Geek, Cut, King Kirby, Pulp Vérité, and Rain and Zoe Save the World.

The role of The Magician is performed by Allison Witham. Allison previously appeared in Walking Shadow’s production of 21 Extremely Bad Breakups. Her other recent credits include: Rinky Dink: Mad as Nell or How to Lose a Bly in Ten Days, Rinky Dink Fights Back; Playwrights’ Center: Swine; Artistry: W;t; Frank Theatre: The Cradle Will Rock, The Visit; WLDRNSS: When I Nod My Head You Hit It With a Hammer. She is a Company Member of both Umbrella Collective and Transatlantic Love Affair, and has appeared in all of TLA’s productions, including The Devout and the upcoming production of After the Fires at Illusion Theater.

Walking Shadow founding member and Co-Artistic Director, Amy Rummenie directs. Open is the 29th production she has directed for Walking Shadow. Previous directing credits include Equivocation, 21 Extremely Bad Breakups, Red Velvet, The River, The Christians, A Midwinter Night’s Revel, The Coward, The Whale, Gabriel (2015 Ivey Award for Overall Excellence), The Three Musketeers, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, and Park Square’s production of School for Lies by David Ives.

The creative team includes costumes by Sara Wilcox (The River, The ChristiansThe CowardGabriel, The Sexual Life of Savages), lights by Tony Stoeri (Equivocation, Gabriel, The Sexual Life of Savages), sound by Katharine Horowitz (The River, The AliensThe WhaleThe Sexual Life of SavagesSome Girl(s)), and magic consulting by master of tabletop magic Suzanne the Magician (find her online at www.suzmagic.com - no really, she’s awesome).

About Walking Shadow Theatre Company:
Since 2004, Walking Shadow Theatre has created well-staged and carefully-researched independent theater. Walking Shadow has won two Ivey Awards for Overall Excellence for its productions of Gabriel and Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Other popular productions include Red Velvet, A Midwinter Night’s Revel, The Coward, The Whale, our original adaptation of The Three Musketeers at the Guthrie Theater, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Jon Ferguson and John Heimbuch’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and The Transdimensional Couriers Union by John Heimbuch. Walking Shadow is also currently running the ongoing immersive puzzle show Cabal by David Pisa & John Heimbuch. Open is Walking Shadow’s 47th production, and the first show in its 16th season.

EVENT                                     Open
WRITTEN BY:                        Crystal Skillman
DIRECTED BY:                        Amy Rummenie 

DATES:                                    October 12 – November 3, 2019
VENUE:                                    Art Box Theater, 4200 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

RUNTIME:                               Approximately 1 hour without intermission

TICKETS:             General Admission Tickets are $26. A range of other ticket prices are available,
including a limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets for each performance.
All seating is general admission regardless of price.  

RESERVATIONS:                    Brown Paper Tickets - www.brownpapertickets.com

MORE INFORMATION:         www.walkingshadow.org/open

CONTENT WARNINGS:        This production contains adult language, and descriptions of physical violence against queer characters.
Please contact us with any specific questions about content.

SUMMARY: OPEN is a magic act that reveals itself to be a resurrection. A woman called The Magician presents a myriad of tricks for our entertainment, while attempting the impossible: to save the life of her partner, Jenny. Is our faith in her illusions enough to rewrite the past? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and we mustn't look away. Amazing as it may seem, this Magicians act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate.

PERFORMANCE DATES
Saturday, Oct 12, 7:30 – Opening night with post-show reception
Sunday, Oct 13, 2:00 – Matinee
Monday, Oct 14, 7:30 – Pay What You Can performance
Thursday, Oct 17, 7:30 
Friday, Oct 18, 7:30 – post-show discussion
Saturday, Oct 19, 7:30
Thursday, Oct 24, 7:30 – Audio Described by Connie Fullmer
Friday, Oct 25, 7:30 – post-show discussion
Saturday, Oct 26, 7:30
Sunday, Oct 27, 7:30 – ASL interpreted by Rebecca Rick
Wednesday, Oct 30, 7:30  
[no performance on Halloween]
Friday, Nov 1, 7:30 – post-show discussion
Saturday, Nov 2, 7:30 
Sunday, Nov 3, 2:00 – Matinee, Audio Described by Connie Fullmer, Closing performance

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PROMOTIONAL IMAGES (Featuring Allison Witham, costume by Sara Wilcox, photo by John Heimbuch)

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