In the late 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes collaborated on a script for a play, hoping to strike a balance between frothy musicals and drama with a Big Message -- a tale celebrating the language and humor of genuine black America.
The two friends encountered obstacles of logistics and personality, and Mule Bone (despite that catchy title) was never completed to its authors’ satisfaction. But within that failure lies a true story of conflicts and triumph set during the Harlem Renaissance cultural movement. Local playwright Larissa Brewington and composer Paul Kolecki bring it to life in a one-act musical, Grey Matters Productions’ Har-Lem-Ren, a Herberger Lunch Time Theater presentation at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, February 18 through 27, in the Kax Stage on the Van Buren Street side of 222 East Monroe Street. Admission is $6. For details, including advance tickets and lunch information, visit www.herbergertheater.org/lunch_time_theater or call 602-252-8497.