DISCOVER HOW THE TIN MAN LOST HIS HEART
The Woodsman is a 2012 American stage play, written by James Ortiz with music composed by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jen Loring. It focuses on the story of the Tin Woodman character from L. Frank Baum's series of books set in 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.
"Edward W. Hardy, who composed the Omnipresent Music, Plays the Violin Superbly " - New York Times
@TheWoodsmanPlay = one of my favorite shows EVER! Get the album!!! - Telly Leung
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.
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Created by 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
THE WOODSMAN REVIEWS
Overflows with vivid imagery and emotion."
"Critic's Pick **** "
Bunraku puppets (the wicked witch is chilling), haunting vocal sound effects and a lone violinist (composer Edward W. Hardy) to tell the backstory of Dorothy’s cherished Tin Man.
"A Sensory Experience"
The strains of a violin are a perfect backdrop to the eerie atmosphere that envelops Munchkinland, thanks to Edward W. Hardy, the composer, music director and violinist.
"A Theatrical Force"
Intoxicating charm and artistry...This diamond in the rough is only more radiant than it was the time around.
The puppets are a wonder to behold.