Capital Fringe 2014 Preview: ‘Walken In His Shoes’ by Leah Rosthenhausler

Can one man who loves Star Trek, one man who loves Barry Manilow, another who loves to eat fried chicken, and a fourth who might steal your car, get along? Yes, they can when their love for Christopher Walken is greater than their differences.

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With a movie career spanning more than five decades, and his own unique way of speaking and delivering a line, it’s no wonder that millions of movie-goers, comedians and other actors try to impersonate Christopher Walken. In this light-hearted comedy that will “wow” your heart, the four members of the Christopher Walken Club (CWC) take impersonating CW to a whole different level. Sit in on a CWC meeting as their world is turned upside-down when a female wants to join the club. Although most members are excited to get the opportunity to be this close to a real woman, they feel the timing could not be worse as they’re getting ready for The First Annual Walken In His Shoes Pageant. That’s right, Miss America has nothing on these men and women, as they try to impress the judges. Who be crowned Mr. or Mrs. Christopher Walken?

Walken In His Shoes is excited to be making it’s world premiere performance at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. At it’s debut staged reading in August, 2013 audiences were “wowed” in Tucson, Arizona, where the cowbells rang loud. Tucson is now proud to send it’s little comedic gem from the desert to Washington, DC. The show incorporates comedy, talent, videos, and of course, the almighty cowbell.

Writer and actor, Ruben Rosthenhausler was inspired after seeing a Christopher Walken movie. He came to his home theater, The Arizona Rose Theatre Company. Rosthenhausler started impersonating Walken during the theater’s tech day. Throughout the day, all the crew and actors began trying out their own CW impersonations. The idea was born.“I’m really excited that something that has been rolling around in my imagination for years is finally coming to life” says Rosthenhausler. “But the real excitement came when I saw the characters come alive at our staged reading. I’m very proud to be working with seven seasoned actors from Tucson, AZ with more than 125 combined years of experience under their belt. With such a character driven piece, I needed actors who are not afraid to take chances and put it out there.” Rosthenhausler and 12 actors and crew are traveling from Arizona to perform in the Fringe Festival.

Will Walken himself come? “Our fingers are crossed!” Rosthenhausler says. “We’ve contacted his agent’s assistant– that’s as close as we could get. If anyone knows him, tell him we’ll get him a front row seat!”

This video shows one of the outreach committees of the Christopher Walken Club. Two members try to teach children the valuable lesson of saying no to drugs.

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