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Skeleton Crew - Full Length Play, Drama

Skeleton Crew

Dominique Morisseau

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: PMS0000000109

Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle trilogy.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Detroit, Michigan. Stamping Plant. Winter. Somewhere around year 2008.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers have to make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. Shanita has to decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye has to decide how and where she'll live, and Dez has to figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as their manager Reggie is torn between doing right by his work family, and by the red tape in his office. Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle trilogy.

REVIEWS 

CRITIC'S PICK! "Clifford Odetts' dramas come to mind and so does the great Pittsburgh cycle of August Wilson. But Skeleton Crew is squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller...A deeply moral and deeply American play." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Morrisseau has heart...Her rough-edged dialogue even has a touch of the street poet." - Variety, Read More 

"Like Lorraine Hansberry and August Wilson before her, Morisseau creates characters who don't merely speak, they sing with the vernacular of their community. Rarely has dialogue ever felt so much like eavesdropping on an actual conversation." - TheatreMania, Read More 

"Unquestionably a strong, formidable work...Theatregoers won't want to miss." - Huffington Post, Read More 


Check out these photos from Atlantic Theatre Company's production of Skeleton Crew in january 2016.


Skeleton Crew premiered at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City in January 2016 under the direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

FAYE - Black woman, mid-late 50’s, Working class woman. Tough and a lifetime of dirt beneath her nails. Somewhere, deep compassion.
DEZ - Black man, mid-late 20’s, Working class man. Young hustler, playful, street-savy, and flirtatious.. Somewhere, deeply sensitive.
SHANITA - Black woman, mid-late 20’s, Working class young woman. Pretty but not ruled by it. Hard-working. By-the-books. Believes in the work she does. Also, pregnant. Somewhere, a beautiful dreamer.
REGGIE - Black man, late 30’s. White collar man. Studious. Dedicated. Compassionate. The Foreman. Somewhere, a fire brims
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  • Skeleton Crew - Atlantic Theatre Company

Author
Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau, writer and actress, is an alumnus of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights’ Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theater; Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT; Northlight Theatre), Sunset  Baby (Labyrinth Theater Co – NYC; Gate Theater- London), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; ... view full profile

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