The Woodsman, on stage now at the Bluebarn Theater in Omaha, is an engrossing, innovative production I completely loved. Although I heard James speak last summer and read his interview about The Woodsman in the Winter 2018 Baum Bugle, I had not seen the play performed live. You can read a glowing review at BroadwayWorld.com.
Much of what made my visit memorable happened after the show when
writer/director James Ortiz introduced me to cast members and showed me some of the extraordinary puppets used on stage.
Thursday May 30 and June 6 following the 7:30 p.m. shows, James is scheduled for talk-back sessions with the audience. Too fun! If you could make it, I can’t encourage you enough. Tickets are general admission. Arrive early and have a Green Monkey at the bar…
The only reason I won’t be there again is because I have an exhibit opening June 1 here in Kansas City. Expanding Oz borrows hundreds of pieces from my collection aiming to “trace the growth of the The Wizard of Oz phenomenon, explore its global appeal, and illustrate its influence on popular culture.” An opening event is planned May 31; I’ve included all Kansas and Missouri Oz Club members on the invitation list, but if you can join us, let me know! The more the merrier.
But the Midwest isn’t the only place to end the month. Oz-Stravaganza!, the wonderful weekend festival produced by the All Things Oz museum , kicks off May 31 in Baum’s hometown of Chittenango, NY. Saturday’s parade — the only Oz parade in the country — is always a highlight.
All Things Oz Museum 219 Genesee St. Chittenango, NY13037
West Coast? You’ll have to wait a couple weeks, but the El Segundo Museum of Art opens Experience 41: Oz June 13. I’m especially pleased that selections from the Oz Club’s collection will included in this exhibit. Which reminds me to sign and return paperwork! I’m loaning a few pieces, too.