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The Emerald City Project


The Emerald City Project


William Head Institution

6000 William Head Road

October 4 - November 2, 2019
Gates Open at 6:15pm
Gates Close at 7:15pm
Show Begins at 7:30pm
Matinee Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 1:30pm
YOU MUST ARRIVE EARLY to go through prison security.

Tickets are $25
They can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets
OR in person at
Red Barn Latoria Walk
611 Brookside Road.

October 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th
November 1st, 2nd
Also a matinee on October 26th and November 2nd

An original play inspired by the characters in the Wizard of Oz.

"Now I'm finally here to see the streets again
I was on the wrong path back then,
Now it's time to see who really is my friend
There's no place like home."

It is 2019, and we enter a run-down Kansas Avenue on the tipping point of Renoviction. Through the shades of grey we get glimpses of the Technicolor hopes and memories of this neighborhood's long-standing inhabitants.

We meet Toto coming home after a long time away, a curmudgeonly Tin Man, and Scarecrow, who is afraid of his own potential. Auntie Em runs a cafe on Kansas Ave, which serves as a neutral zone for the Lions and Flying Monkeys.

In this dramatic comedy with live music and hip-hop, we uncover what home means to a community trying to find balance on unsteady ground.

"Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking." - Scarecrow
"What makes a king out of a slave? Courage." - Lion
"Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable." - The Wizard

Created and performed by the men of William Head Institution and SNAFU.

  • Director: Kathleen Greenfield
  • Production Stage Manager: Carolyn Moon
  • 'Outside' Actors: Kate Rubin, Jeni Luther, Sam Redmond
  • Writing & Dramaturgy: Kathleen Greenfield and Kate Rubin
  • Set Design & Painting: Carole Klemm
  • Lighting Design & Ceiling Installation: Poe Limkul
  • Choreography: Ingrid Hansen
  • Movement coach: John Aitken
  • Guest Artists: Anne Cirillo, Emma Zabloski
  • Administrative support from the staff of William Head Institution

WHoS is located inside a Federal Correctional Penitentiary. You must be 19 or older, have valid government-issued photo ID, and a printed pre-paid ticket. You cannot bring in any personal items, including wallets, purses, cell phones, money, smoking products, medicines (exception may be made for potentially life-saving medicines). You may be subject to a non-intrusive search.

**You must buy tickets in advance and bring a PRINTED PAPER COPY of your ticket. No tickets available at the door**

William Head on Stage (or WHoS) is Canada's longest-running prison theatre program. Since 1981, the inmates have staged a play each fall and invited the general public. Anyone 19 or older can buy a ticket, go through prison security, enter the prison gymnasium and experience the show performed by the inmates.

Background image and poster provided by WHoS

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