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"Devil Dog Six" by Fengar Gael, at Detroit Repertory Theatre in 2016. Pictured: PJ Jenkinson, Madelyn Porter, Jaclynn Cherry, Harry Wetzel, Matt Hollerbach, Fengar Gael, Wayne David Parker, and Jeffry Chastang.

Detroit Repertory Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season

The season will feature a world premiere by Daniel Damiano.

DETROIT: Detroit Repertory Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring four productions.

The season will start with the world premiere of Swimming Upstream (Nov. 2-Dec. 23), by Rich Rubin, a comedy about a young marine biologist studying the effect of climate change on the world’s salmon, and her superhero aficionado boyfriend, who thinks the plight of the salmon is similar to Superman’s life story. Harry Wetzel will direct.

Next up will be Jeffry Chastang’s Dauphin Island (Jan.11-March 18, 2018), about an unlikely friendship that forms between a travelling man and a secluded woman he meets along the way from Detroit to Dauphin Island. Leah Smith will direct.

Following will be the world premiere of Harmony Park (March 29-May 20, 2018), by Daniel Damiano, about the friendship between a black foreman and a younger white landscaper working at a construction site that was the location of a brutal racially charged murder. Barbara Busby will direct.

The season will conclude with Steven Simoncic’s Ghost Gardens (May 31-July 1, 2018), about a woman in a forgotten part of Detroit grappling with the reality of bringing a baby into the gritty urban village. Lynch R. Travis will direct.

Founded in 1957, Detroit Repertory Theatre produces four shows a year.

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