The History of "The Woodsman" Play
Play Originally Created by Diana Stall and James Ortiz (2012 - 2013)
Authors: James Ortiz, Edward W. Hardy & Jen Loring (2012)
Originally Directed by James Ortiz (2012 - 2013)
Directed by James Ortiz & Claire Karpen (2014 -2015)
Associate Director: Devin Dunne Cannon (2015)
Lyrics by Jen Loring (2012)
Music Director/Violinist: Edward W. Hardy (2012 - 2015)
Music Composed by Edward W. Hardy (2012)
Originally Produced by Steven Laing & Jason Ralph (2012 - 2014)
Produced by Strangemen & Co., Robb Nanus, Rachel Sussman,
Leo Mizuhara (2015)
Associate Producer: Rebecca Black (2015)
Original Cast (2012- 2013): Ismenia Mendes (Nimmee),
Will Gallacher (Pa/Tinker), Edward W. Hardy (Munchkin/Violinist),
Jen Loring (Ma), Morgan Auld (Munchkin), Sofia Lauwers (Tinker),
Amanda Lederer (The Witch/Tinker), James Ortiz (Nick Chopper),
Carol Uraneck (The Witch).
Original Off-Broadway Cast (2014): Ben Bass*, Devin Dunne Cannon*,
Will Gallacher, Edward W. Hardy, Amanda Lederer, Aaron McDaniel*,
James Ortiz, Eliza Simpson*, Meghan St. Thomas* and Carol Uraneck.
Off-Broadway Cast (2015): Ben Bass, Lauren Nordvig*, Will Gallacher, Edward W. Hardy, Amanda A. Lederer, Alex J. Gould*, James Ortiz,
Eliza Simpson, Meghan St. Thomas and Sophia Zukoski*.
*New additions to the cast
Production Stage Manager: Kate Kuhle (2012 - 2013)
Production Stage Manager: Christina Aguilar (2014)
Production Stage Manager: Natalie Price (2015)
Assistant Stage Manager: Geoff Maus (2014 -2015)
Lighting Design by Catherine Clark and Jamie Roderick (2013)
Prop Designer by Sarah Dowling (2013)
Puppet Design and Scenic Design by James Ortiz (2012 - 2015)
Costume Design by Carol Uraneck (2012 - 2015)
Assistant Costume Design by Michelle Pitt (2014)
Costume Coordinated by Molly Seidel (2015)
Choreography by Carol Uraneck (2012)
Scenic Painter: Liz Lundberg (2014)
Press: Polk & Co. (2015)
Edward W. Hardy is a co-conceiver of THE WOODSMAN
along with James Ortiz and since its' inception has performed in Strangemen Theatre Company's first annual aPlay & aParty, performances at Standard Toykraft, Ars Nova's ANT FEST, a 3 week sold out run at 5 E59 Theaters, and a 6 week sold out run at 59E59 Theaters.
Based upon the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz-- "The Woodsman" focuses on the story of Nick Chopper, a mortal, a woodsman who falls deeply in love with a young woman. He professes his love and promises marriage. Unbeknownst to him, this beautiful young woman is under the guardianship of a horrible sorceress---the Wicked Witch of the East.
The witch puts a powerful curse on the woodsman's axe. Shockingly, he finds himself, losing himself piece by piece. Holding onto the memory of the love shared together with his betrothed, and determined not to be defeated, Nick is replaced part by part with a mechanical limb. Assuring his love, his heart is still true, until the day he is completely transformed into something, something else, A Tin Man.
Believing that love can no longer exist between he and his beloved, he releases his true love from the bondage of his circumstances. They speak of him, The Tin Woodsman, left alone to rust in the forest, left alone without his heart.
Utilizing Bunraku puppetry, movement, and live accompaniment, "The Woodsman" delves deeper into the beloved character's history and offers a unique, heartbreaking, and adult perspective on this classic story.
"EDWARD W. HARDY, WHO COMPOSED THE OMNIPRESENT MUSIC, PLAYS THE VIOLIN SUPERBLY " - New York Times
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
EVOCATIVE BUNRAKU PUPPETS, HAUNTING VOCAL SOUND EFFECTS AND A LONE VIOLINIST
(COMPOSER EDWARD W. HARDY) TO TELL THE BACKSTORY OF DOROTHY’S CHERISHED TIN MAN - Timeout New York (Critic's Pick****)
"THE SHOW IS ALSO BEAUTIFULLY ACCOMPANIED, ALMOST CONTINUOUSLY, BY THE VIOLINIST EDWARD W. HARDY, WHOSE SCORE SUGGESTS THE DUSTY SOUND OF METHODIST HYMNS AND MODEST SOCIAL DANCE." - New York Magazine Vulture
"THE SUBSEQUENT NARRATIVE IS TOLD PRIMARILY THROUGH MOVEMENT AND WORDLESS INTERACTIONS SET TO A VIOLIN UNDERSCORE (BEAUTIFULLY TEXTURED FOLK MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED
BY EDWARD W. HARDY)." - TheaterMania
"WHILE THE PUPPETRY AND THE THEATER WIZARDRY ARE IN FULL EFFECT THROUGHOUT THE PERFORMANCE, IT IS EDWARD W. HARDY WHO SHINES BRIGHTER THAN ANY PAIR OF SILVER SHOES. THE COMPOSER-VIOLINIST MANIFESTED A MINIMALIST SCORE ALL-PERVADING WITHIN THE TOTALITY OF THE SHOW; EACH NOTE ADDS SUBTEXT OR TENSION TO EVERY MOMENT." - EDGE MEDIA NETWORK
Now released to the public, the Original Off-Broadway music of THE WOODSMAN –The Tragic Story of The Tin Man. THE WOODSMAN Original Off-Broadway Solo Recording is Composed & Performed by violinist Edward W. Hardy. Produced by Jim McElwaine. Recorded and Mixed by
Jonathan Jetter at Right Angle Recording, New York, NY.