The Woodsman is a 2012 American stage pantomime play, written by James Ortiz with music composed by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jen Loring. The Woodsman, based on characters and plot aspects of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel, focuses on the story of the Tin Woodman character from the fictional Land of Oz, notably Baum's 1918 book The Tin Woodman of Oz. A lonely woodsman falls for the slave-girl of a powerful witch. Determined to keep them apart, the witch curses The Woodsman's axe. With every swing, he pays with a limb until he's more metal than man. Based on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman gives these darkly beautiful, haunting, and heart-breaking stories new life through spectacular puppetry and song. Ben Bass (Munchkin) Devin Dunne Cannon (Ma) Will Gallacher (Pa/Tinker) Edward W. Hardy (Munchkin/Violinist) Amanda Lederer (The Witch/ Tinker) Aaron McDaniel (Tinker) James Ortiz (Nick Chopper) Eliza Simpson (Nimmie) Meghan St. Thomas (Munchkin) Carol Uraneck (The Witch). The Obie Award-winning theatrical experience The Woodsman at New World Stages. Bluebarn theatre company, BroadwayHD, PBS, theatre review. Strangemen Theatre Company produced two off-Broadway runs of The Woodsman; 2014 and 2015.


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The Woodsman Cast Album by Edward W. Hardy

Welcome to the marvelous land of Oz-- We are in munchkin country, a majestic countryside in the land of the east. It is a rich, beautiful, fertile land, inhabited by warm and friendly people. We live, we toil and are always mindful, fearful of the wicked witch of the east.  She is our master, she sees all, she hears all, so we are in silence. No words are spoken. With heavy hearts, we work.  A lone violin tells our story.


The Obie award-winning production of THE WOODSMAN  focuses on the story of Nick Chopper.  Each morning as the sun rises over a cerulean sky in munchkinland, he sets off into the forest to earn his living.  He is a sensitive and lonely man.  He meets and falls in love with, the slave-girl of the wicked witch of the east. The witch puts a powerful spell on his axe, every time he uses it he pays with a limb. Tinkers replace them with tin ones until he is entirely made of tin. Believing that love can no longer exist without a heart, he leaves her, goes into the forest and rusts in the rain.



James Ortiz





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Edward W. Hardy



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Jennifer Loring




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Created by authors James Ortiz, Edward W. Hardy & Jennifer Loring

Conceived by James Ortiz & Edward W. Hardy

Originally Produced by Steven Laing, Jason Ralph, Edward W. Hardy & Strangemen Theatre Company, INC


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THE WOODSMAN is separately owned by co-authors Edward W. Hardy (copyright holder), James Ortiz and Jennifer Loring. We are not taking any licensing inquiries at the moment. Thank you for your patience. 

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