Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Featuring Amari Cheatom, Caroline Stefanie Clay, Kelly McCreary & DB Woodside
“A powerful drama... the language thunders with Wilson-esque crackle!” – Los Angeles Times “Sheer brilliance! Timely and political without being preachy, Skeleton Crew is smart, elegantly executed and, best of all, brimming with emotion.” – The Hollywood Reporter “With Tom Hanks starring in Henry IV and Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Los Angeles has a number of must-see productions this season. Skeleton Crew, which is emotionally bracing as well as relevant in its social commentary, belongs at the top of the list.” – The Hollywood Reporter “A showcase for the values that have been jeopardized by corporations all too ready to dispose of the humans whose industriousness made them rich.” – Los Angeles Times “Get ready to stand up and cheer for Dominique Morisseau’s powerful blue-collar drama, now making a breathtakingly designed, directed, and performed Geffen Playhouse debut.” – StageSceneLA “Clay’s gut-wrenching force-of-nature performance as Faye is matched by Woodside’s towering work as Reggie, with Cheatom and McCreary providing compelling support while igniting considerable romantic, sexual chemistry along the way. ” – StageSceneLA “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.