Cheryl L. West
Cheryl L. West
Cheryl L. West's new play with music, Pullman Porter Blues, will be the season opener for Seattle Repertory Theatre's 50th Anniversary season, beginning fall 2012. Lisa Peterson will direct the production.

Set in 1937 on the Panama Limited train, the play centers on three generations of porters working the sleeping cars the night of the famous Joe Louis/James Braddock boxing match. As the train chugs from Chicago towards New Orleans, grandfather, father, and son spar; racial tensions flare; and Midwest blues flavor the night.

West and Peterson have been spent the past year developing the piece, which features Jmichael as the music director and composer.

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