One Month Revival Of THE WOODSMAN To Be Presented For Bluebarn's 30th Anniversary

By: Aug. 02, 2018

One Month Revival Of THE WOODSMAN To Be Presented For Bluebarn's 30th Anniversary

The BLUEBARN Theatre, founded in 1989 by graduates of the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory, proudly announces a creative partnership with Strangemen Theatre Company, a New York-based non-profit, originally founded in 2010 by graduates of that same conservatory. In celebration of BLUEBARN's 30th Anniversary and the shared origins of the two companies, we are honored to welcome STRANGEMEN to Omaha for the first time. Members of the original creative team of THE WOODSMAN will again bring this award-winning production to life here at the BLUEBARN, enlisting Omaha's incredible local talent. Based on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, Strangemen Theatre Company's THE WOODSMAN gives this darkly beautiful, haunting, and heart-breaking story new life through original music, physical storytelling, and innovative puppetry. A re-imagined tale of the origin of Baum's "The Tin Woodman of Oz" that is not to be missed this season!

Strangemen Theatre Company (THE WOODSMAN; ON THE HEAD OF A PIN) is a young non-profit theatre company based in New York City, originally founded in 2010 by graduates of the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory. With a focus on original storytelling, new plays, and company-devised work, Strangemen endeavors to foster collaboration between multi-disciplinary artists, and to provide an artistic home for up-and-coming creators from diverse theatrical backgrounds who share a passion for mining the heart and truth of each story told. For more information, visit

Jen Loring (Jay Adana) - is a singer songwriter based out of Brooklyn. She was the lyricist for The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59, Ars Nova), directed and co-conceived by James Ortiz, Strangement & Co. and Edward W. Hardy. She also contributed music and lyrics to Jeff Augustin's The Last Tiger in Haiti (Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse). She was a member of the second cohort of #BARS at The Public Theater where she first met and collaborated with writing partner Zeniba Britt on an adaptation of Beloved by Toni Morrison. She is currently developing and American Civil War musical called The Loophole, book by Zeniba Britt. It was workshopped at The Public Theater in August and November of 2017. She has a BFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theater Arts and Film.

Edward W. Hardy is a critically acclaimed American composer, music director, virtuoso violinist and violist and is one of the foremost exponents of solo violin repertoire for theatrical productions. At the age of 25, "Hardy is one of the youngest composers to ever be accepted into the Exploring the Metropolis Con Edison Composer Residency and one of the most prominent composer/ violinists in New York City" - BroadwayWorld. "Edward W. Hardy, who composed the omnipresent music, plays the violin superbly." - The New York Times. He has "Vigor, Control And Expressiveness." - The Post and Courier. Hardy is "Mesmerizing" - Manhattan With A Twist and also performs in a style that is "serene, dreamy, and soulful with velvety panache" - The Millbrook Independent. As the composer, music director and violinist of the smash hit Off-Broadway show The Woodsman Hardy's show was a recipient of the 2016 Obie Award, the 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Grant, was broadcast on PBS stations four separate times, streamed on BroadwayHD and major music producer Jim McElwaine produced Hardy's album "The Woodsman Original Off-Broadway Solo Recording" which continues to be sold and streamed in countries such as the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Russia, Turkey, France, Hong Kong, Argentina, Ireland, and Germany. @edwardwhardy

James Ortiz - based in New York City, James Ortiz is an established director, actor, writer, designer, and puppeteer. Most recently, James was the recipient of the 2016 OBIE Award for Puppet Design for his acclaimed Off-Broadway show, The Woodsman. Regionally, On, and Off-Broadway James has designed for: Theatre for a New Audience and The Public Theatre (King Lear), Shakespeare Theatre of DC (The Tempest) and The New Group (Mercury Fur) among others. As a director, his work has been seen at New World Stages, Ars Nova, 59e59 and others. As an actor, credits include The Woodsman (New World Stages), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre Co.), On the Head of a Pin (Strangemen), Rhinoceros (UglyRhino Theatre Co.), Wanda's Monster (Making Books Sing). He is the recipient of the 2014 Jim Henson foundation Grant, was the 2015 resident artist at The New Victory Theatre and recently became the 2017 Eugene O'Neill residency recipient. James is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the devised theatre group, Strangemen Theatre Company.