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Acclaimed Wizard of Oz-Inspired The Woodsman to Return to New York

The production will play an open-ended run off-Broadway after two lauded engagements in 2014 and 2015.

James Ortiz (right) in a scene from The Woodsman at 59E59.
(© Hunter Canning)

The Woodsman, a drama inspired by the backstory of L. Frank Baum's famous Tin Man character, will return to New York in early 2016. It will begin performances January 27 at New World Stages — Stage 5, with opening night set for February 7 for an open run.

Written by James Ortiz and directed by Ortiz and Claire Karpen, the play, which features music by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jennifer Loring tells the story of the lonely Tin Woodsman of Oz, who must embark on a journey to protect the love of his life from the evil Wicked Witch of the East. The work premiered at 59E59 Theaters in January 2014 and played a return engagement at the venue in January 2015.

The cast includes Benjamin Bass, Devin Dunne Cannon, Will Gallacher, Alex J. Gould, Amanda A. Lederer, Aaron McDaniel, Lauren Nordvig, James Oritz, Eliza Simpson, Meghan St. Thomas, and Sophia Zukoski. The creative team includes Carol Uraneck (costume design), Catherine Clark and Jamie Roderick (lighting design), James Ortiz (set and puppet design), Molly Seidel (costume coordination), and Devin Dunne Cannon (associate direction).

Robb Nanus, Rachel Sussman, Ryan Bogner, and Adam Silberman produce the work, which was originally presented and developed by Strangemen & Co.

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