After the Show
Park and Lake is a kind of fairy tale about an imaginary car wash, near a lake where rich people vacation. The play tells the story of a group of workers who are forced to take charge of their own destinies when a crisis occurs.
Owned by Manny, an immigrant from the Philippines, the Park and Lake car wash has been in operation for a couple decades, offering its workers room and board—in a rundown apartment, with meals provided by Manny—in exchange for lower wages. The reason this is attractive to the workers is that the nearby resorts have driven up rents so that working people cannot afford to pay them.
When the play begins, Manny is planning to sell the carwash to a corporation, but he’s keeping this news secret from the workers.