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In the quiet fields of Kansas, dear Dorothy comes to terms with wanting to find love in the arms of a woman. Aunt Emma is the supportive parent we wish we’d had, and encourages Dorothy to follow her dream. Aunt Emma suggests San Francisco. She’d gone to college there, and besides, she knew there were lesbians there. She had seen them on Oprah, and they’d seemed very nice.

So Dorothy heads west, by bus. On the way, she meets a tie dye, pot smoking, traveling, Tibetan bowl and yoga enthusiast, Jazmin, who’s also en route to San Francisco. They become unlikely but fast friends. When they arrive in SF, they meet a soft on the inside, tough on the outside biker butch named Kat, who takes them to a leather bar, Le Club, where Temptressa, the naughty sorceress, tries to lead Dorothy into temptation.

Dorothy moves on to a dance class, where she meets Toni, the teacher. They have instant chemistry and Toni shows her the town. They have coffee at a North Beach café , and see a lesbian rock band at the Fillmore. Dorothy falls in love. But the next day, Toni is not at class. She has suddenly left town. Dorothy is heartbroken. The dancers try to cheer her up but after the fun, Dorothy decides that she wants to be home.


To help out, Jazmin plays her Tibetan bowl and calls in Dorothy’s fairy guide mother, Glenda Ellen of Sonoma. Dorothy is magically transported back to Kansas, where she finds Toni in her own home town. In the end, not only do Dorothy and Toni find love, but even the naughty Sorceress and Glenda have a happy ending.


The first incarnation of Left of Oz played in 1996 in Petaluma, CA, at Four Corners Theater ( now called the Polly Hannah Klass Theater) to delighted audiences. Proceeds went to benefit Face to Face, an AIDS support system in Sonoma county, and to the Women’s Cancer Resource center in Berkeley, CA. Later revues played at Hopland Woman’s Music Festival and Benbow Arts Fair in northern CA. Audiences reveled at the opportunity to laugh at ourselves through the characters of Stephanie’s Oz. In that first production, the songs were rewrites of Broadway show tunes. We wanted, as lesbians, to have fun Broadway style. But the new, updated 2010 production will debut all new, all original songs by the author, as well as a new character, the naughty witch, Temptressa.

Part of the proceeds from the July 2010 run went to SFPride and the AIDS/Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

photos by Kent Taylor

July 2010, Ashby Stage, Berkeley, CA