Journey with us past the Land of Oz to New York City, where Dorothy sets her sight only to eventually realize the sweetness of home.
This summer, Haberdasher Theatre Inc. celebrates its seventh season with the opening of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Adapted (drastically!) for the stage by Jeannette Jaquish and altered specifically for Haberdasher Theatre, this retelling has no room for lollipops and rainbows! Check out our video to see why we need your help more than ever!
Directed by Hollie Elizabeth Klem, this posh metropolitan spin on the cult-classic lands the Kansas born-and-bred Dorothy (Tami Soligan)—a girl with a heart of gold, an artistic spirit too big for her Midwestern ranch, and not much patience for rules—right smack in the middle of Noho, a place that’s surely “no place like home!”
On her cosmopolitan journey, Dorothy navigates much more than the city-that-never-sleeps on her quest to find the Wizard (Matthew Giroveanu), the guy who must know the secret to “making it” here—or anywhere! From Eastside to West, she encounters mother monster witches with shotguns and wood allergies (Christen Madrazo, Taylor Zito, and Jennifer Michaels); an OCD-ridden lioness in need of some serious Prozac (Nicole J. Lippey); an emotionally damaged tin man who still can’t commit (Brian Ogston); and the starving artist, hippy-dippy, scarecrow type your mom prays you never bring back to the ranch (Jeff Foley).
Will her ruby reds make it through all the pavement pounding? Will these coming-of-agers blow their big break on one glorious afternoon jaunt through the poppies? Only two things are certain: Dorothy didn’t pack an extra pair of commuting shoes, and this ain’t your kid sister’s Dorothy story.
The Wizard of Oz marks Haberdasher’s twelfth production and is sure to build upon the company’s reputation for developing highly entertaining, thought-provoking performance art. A nonprofit theatre company with six seasons under its belt, the company began when a small group of actors, freshly graduated from conservatory, decided to take matters into their own hands and produce a show written by co-founder Adam Wier (Remember Me). With his direction, as well as that of the company’s second co-founder Hollie Elizabeth Klem, Haberdasher Theatre Inc. has produced a dozen shows including Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Arnold Schulman’s Lost, Euripides’ The Cyclops, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Richard Greenberg’s The Maderati and Mac Wellman’s Dracula.
The company has also adapted, directed, and performed stories by both Barefoot Books and Lewis Carol at venues such as FAO Schwartz, NYC and Books of Wonder, NYC. They also hold seasonal special topics workshops for theatre artists in New York. Talk-backs and themed soirées highlight their commitment to fostering the exchange of dialogue between artist and audience, as does their company blog, which can be found at: http://haberdashertheatre.wordpress.com/. And, while you’re there, don’t forget to check out this show’s blog at: http://haberdasherwizardofoz.tumblr.com/!
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