Detroit Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere production of Harmony Park by Daniel Damiano. The drama is a gritty and topical story about workers who try to build a memorial park on the ground where two young girls, one black and one white, were murdered. The world premiere production opens tonight at Detroit Repertory Theatre and runs on select dates through May 20.
About Harmony Park:
Set on the construction site of a soon-to-be public park in Queens, NY, the friendship between a black foreman and a younger white landscaper is tested when a newly hired crew member’s past is revealed. The site the workers are reclaiming is the locality of the brutal murder of two young girls, one black and one white.
Harmony Park is directed by a founder of the Rep, Barbara Busby. She last directed the highly acclaimed 2016 Rep production of Butler for which she won the Season Subscriber Best Play/Best Director Award. Her cast for Harmony Park consists of four veteran Rep actors, one of which has been away from the Rep for over twenty years. Mark Bishop, who portrays Sam in Harmony Park portrayed Tank in Bullpen back in 1990. Harold Hogan, the much admired Rep veteran, heads the Harmony Park cast in the role of Ernie, the landscape foreman. Aaron Kottke portrays Mike, the younger landscaper. Mr. Kottke’s last role at the Rep was his acclaimed performance of the mentally challenged son in Sweet Pea’s Mama. Samer Ajluni returns to the Rep as a fellow landscaper, Jose. Mr. Ajluni was last seen at the Rep as the surprise visitor in Forgiving John Lennon.