The return engagement of The Woodsman to 59E59 Theaters, Theater B officially opened Jan. 18. Cast member Amanda A. Lederer, who plays the Witch in the play (which tells the untold story of Oz's Tinman), documented the show's tech week for Playbill.com.
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Week With Amanda A. Lederer, the Wicked Witch of Off-Broadway's The Woodsman
59E59 Theaters and Strangemen & Co., in association with Robb Nanus and Rachel Sussman, present the return engagement, which continues through Feb. 22.
Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, with associate direction by Devin Dunne Cannon, The Woodsman features music by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jennifer Loring. The cast of nine includes Ben Bass, Will Gallacher, Alex J. Gould, Amanda A. Lederer, Lauren Nordvig, James Ortiz, Eliza Simpson, Meghan St. Thomas and Sophia Zukoski, who are accompanied by composer-violinist Edward W. Hardy.
The Woodsman, according to press notes, "is the untold story of Oz's Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. A lonely woodsman from the Land of Oz must embark on a harrowing journey to protect the love of his life from her evil guardian, the Wicked Witch of the East. Through puppetry, movement, and song, Strangemen & Co. presents a hauntingly beautiful and ultimately heartbreaking twist on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum."
The Woodsman has scenic design by Liz Lundberg, costume design by Molly Seidel, lighting design by Catherine Clark, sound design by Adam Salberg and set and puppet design by James Ortiz. It is associate-produced by Rebecca Black.
The Woodsman, a recipient of the 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Grant, premiered at Brooklyn’s Standard Toykraft in 2012 followed by a production at the Ars Nova Ant Fest in 2013. It transferred to 59E59 Theaters in January 2014 for a three-week, sold-out run. The Woodsman is one of the only shows in the theatre's history to make a return engagement.