We are thrilled to announce the commission of our own Public Works musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, based on the novels by L. Frank Baum. Seattle Rep’s most-produced living playwright Cheryl L. West (Shout Sister Shout!, Pullman Porter Blues) and a music director to be announced will bring to life the stunning world of Oz with a Pacific Northwest spirit, highlighting and embracing local artists, partner organizations, cameo groups, and community pillars.

Since 2016, Seattle Rep's Public Works has produced two joyful musical adaptations of world classics originally commissioned by our Public Works National cohort partners at The Public Theater, the founding home of the Public Works model. The creators developed these plays with a vision to build community by connecting people through participatory theater—both performing it and experiencing it—creating a more welcoming region for all.

We’ve always wanted to bring a project to the stage and to our community that not only worked in our region, but was written for us. We can’t wait to share Cheryl’s interpretation of the journey and the joy of this classic, and all the friends that are made along the way.

Public Works Director Angie Kamel

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Cheryl L. West

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Interview with Cheryl L. West

Hear more from commission playwright Cheryl L. West about her inspirations, process, thoughts on creating art in the COVID era, and more in her Creative Conversation with Artistic Director Braden Abraham (July 2020).

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The cast of Seattle Rep's Public Works' As You Like It (2019). Photo by Bronwen Houck.