Strangemen Theatre Company’s

The Woodsman

by James Ortiz
music by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jen Loring

This play has run.
Stayed tuned for Season 31!

MAY 16 – JUNE 16, 2019

2016 Obie Award Winner

Based on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Man from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This hauntingly beautiful love story is told through original music, physical storytelling, and innovative puppetry. Members of Strangemen Theatre Company re-create their Obie Award-winning experience with an ensemble of Omaha professionals. Follow ‘Nick Chopper’ on a magical adventure filled with dangers and wonders that are breathtaking to behold.

Featuring: Moira Mangiameli, Matt Olsen, Anna Jordan, Stephanie Jacobson, Barry Carman, Be Louis, Caulene Hudson, Michael Burns, and Beau Fisher.

Directed by Claire Karpen and James Ortiz, with Movement Director Will Gallacher and Puppet Master Amanda A. Lederer, Set and Puppet design by James Ortiz, Lighting design by Jamie Roderick, Costume Design by Jennifer Pool, Scenic Painting by Craig Lee, Stage Management by Meghan Boucher, and Strangemen Company Management by Amanda A. Lederer.

Generously sponsored by
Amy Haddad and Steve Martin
Kerry Dobson and Bruce Reneaud
Anne Thorne Weaver


May 16 – 7:30p
May 23 – 7:30p
May 30 – 7:30p
Jun 06 – 7:30p
Jun 13 – 7:30p


May 17 – 7:30p
May 24 – 7:30p
May 31 – 7:30p
Jun 07 – 7:30p
Jun 14 – 7:30p


May 18 – 7:30p
May 25 – 7:30p
Jun 01 – 7:30p
Jun 08 – 7:30p
Jun 15 – 7:30p


May 19 – NO SHOW
May 26 – 6:00p
Jun 02 –  6:00p
Jun 09 – 2:00p
Jun 16 – 2:00p

$35.00 for General Admission

Serving our Community

BLUEBARN Theatre offers a number of special discounts and programs aimed at ensuring that our boundary-breaking, enriching productions are always affordable.

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Are you 35 or under? You can sign up for our BLUCrew memberships for FREE! You’ll get discount tickets for the whole season with no upfront cost.  These special memberships are open to ANYONE  under 35 years old. BLUEBARN is committed to making sure our theater remains accessible and affordable for young audiences and students.     

BLUCrew members will have access to Hot Ticket pricing ($20) for most Thursday and Sunday shows at the BLUEBARN through the box office, for themselves and a guest.  Members will also receive special offers throughout the season.

To join, simply e-mail your name, age, email, and address to .

As a BLUCrew member, you’ll receive emails prior to the run of every show confirming the dates your tickets will be available. To reserve and purchase your tickets simply call the box office at (402) 345-1576.

Tickets subject to availability.

Hot Tickets

Because we know you don’t always know you want to see a show until you do. Because we’d hate for you to miss out because you didn’t think you could get tickets last minute. Because we want to make sure we provide as many low-cost opportunities to experience live theatre as possible.

BLUEBARN offers rush tickets for any unsold seat at every performance for only $20.

Hot Tickets are available in person at the box office on a first-come, first-serve basis starting 45 minutes before showtime. Limit of two tickets per person.

If you’re willing to take a bit of a risk, you could just find yourself seeing great theatre at a great price.

Hot Tickets are not available for the final weekend of any performance run. Exceptions are rare, but Hot Tickets may not be available for other certain VIP performances and special engagements. Tickets are subject to availability.  We regularly post about sold-out shows on Facebook, and also recommend checking in with the box office on Hot Tickets availability for a particular show (402)345-1576.

Nebraska Educators

In recognition of your service to the public welfare and efforts to expand the hearts and minds of your students, BLUEBARN Theatre is proud to offer all Nebraska public and private school educators at every level a 20% discount on any ticket, any time. Discounted tickets are available through the box office by phone or in person. Simply identify yourself as an educator and state your affiliation when ordering.

Present your school ID at will call.  Limit 2 per order. Subject to availability. 

Military Personnel

BLUEBARN has a long-standing commitment to the military personnel in our community. We honor your service and welcome you to our theatre.

BLUEBARN offers a 20% discount for U.S. Military Personnel, as well as veterans. When you call or visit our box office simply identify yourself as military or a veteran. You may purchase up to 4 discounted tickets.

Presenting your ID at will call is encouraged but not required. Tickets are subject to availability.

Blue Star Theatres is a program of Blue Star Families and Theatre Communications Group

Senior Citizens (65 and over)

Senior Citizens, 65 and over, are eligible for $5 off any regular ticket price. Discount is available through our box office, by phone or in person.

Group Sales (10+ people)

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The BLUEBARN Theatre is the perfect spot for office excursions, singles mixers, family get-togethers, nights on the town, club outings, class trips and more. Begin your group tradition today!

Groups of 10 people or more receive 20% of regular ticket price. To make the most of your group outing contact our Director of Patron Services, Ashley Spessard at .

Most BLUEBARN productions have audience engagement events that may include guest speakers, panels, and discussions that might enhance your group’s experience. Ask us about renting the lobby for exclusive pre-show mixers or post-show receptions for your group. Group buy-outs and exclusive performances may also be available.

Group pricing is available through the box office or in person only. In addition, Group Discounts cannot be combined with any other offer.

The BLUEBARN Theatre is wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, let us know when you make your reservation so that we may be able to adequately assist you.

Before you come down to the BLUEBARN, please read the information we’ve put together on the Plan Your Visit page.

Season Tickets
Contact us at 402-345-1576 ext. 2 during Box Office hours:
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