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Seattle Rep is thrilled to be commissioning our own Public Works musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, titled The Emerald Citybased on the novels by L. Frank Baum.

Seattle Rep’s most-produced living playwright Cheryl L. West (Shout Sister Shout!, Pullman Porter Blues), with music and lyrics by Paris Ray Dozier, 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 live (and one virtual) 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

Meet the Artists

Cheryl L. West


Paris Ray Dozier

Music & Lyrics

Behind the Scenes with Cheryl L. West

Creative Conversations

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).

In the News

[West’s upcoming homelessness drama], which will juxtapose one of Seattle’s most intractable social problems with aspects of The Wizard of Oz, will be part of Seattle Rep’s Public Works series, which features casts of nonprofessional performers from throughout the region.

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