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Skeleton Crew

Skeleton Crew

June 5 - July 8, 2018
Gil Cates Theater

Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Featuring Amari Cheatom, Caroline Stefanie Clay, Kelly McCreary & DB Woodside

“Tensions rise in Dominique Morisseau's incisive glimpse of working class anxieties.” – TIME magazine
“A deeply moral and deeply American play.” – The New York Times
“An achievement, as much for political substance as for style.” – Variety
“Fierce and funny! Skillfully weaves together history, personal stories and near-poetic riffs in a satisfying, authentic way.” – San Diego Union Tribune
“Sustained narrative dynamism.” – The Washington Post

The third installment of Dominique Morisseau’s acclaimed trilogy “The Detroit Project,” Skeleton Crew follows four co-workers—Faye, Dez, Reggie and Shanita—at a Detroit auto factory in 2008. This play highlights the layered relationships and drama of blue-collar workers navigating the instability and uncertainty in their personal lives and at work. Each character’s patience and loyalty are tested as the plant’s future comes into question, and they are forced to make hard choices to ensure their individual survival. Morisseau’s masterful command of dialect and dialogue brings depth and authenticity to a story about the very local implications of global change. 

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DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU (Playwright)
Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre) and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and National Black Theatre). Additional plays include Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater), Sunset Baby (Labyrinth Theater Company), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me to Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the book writer for the new musical Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations (Berkeley Rep). Morisseau is an alumna of the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, Women’s Project Lab and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Women’s Project Theater, South Coast Repertory, People’s Light and Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Penumbra Theatre Company. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series Shameless. Awards include Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named to Variety’s 2017 Women’s Impact Report.

PATRICIA McGREGOR (Director)
Patricia McGregor is a director and writer from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She has twice been profiled by The New York Times for her direction of world premieres. Recent credits include Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole (People’s Light Theatre), Skeleton Crew (Studio Theatre), Measure for Measure (The Old Globe), The Parchman Hour (Guthrie Theater), Hamlet (Public Theater), Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Lincoln Center Theater) and the world premieres of Good Grief (Center Theatre Group), Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), Hurt Village (Signature Theatre), Holding It Down and Blood Dazzler (Harlem Stage) and The House That Would Not Stand (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep). Other credits include A Raisin in the SunThe Winter’s TaleSpunkBecky ShawAdoration of the Old WomanFour Electric Ghosts and Nothing Personal. She has directed the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and staged readings for HBO’s writer’s Access program. She was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow at Yale School of Drama where she earned her M.F.A. and served as Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret.

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Performance Info

PERFORMANCE NOTES
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RUNNING TIME
2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.