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 (Tristan Cunningham) has to decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye (Margo Hall) has to decide how and where she'll live, and Dez (Christian Thompson) has to figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as their manager Reggie (Lance Gardner) 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, which includes Detroit ’67 and Paradise Blue, and is a 2016 Obie Award-winner.
Dominique Morisseau is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award honoree, two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, honoree for the Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, and winner of the Stavis Playwriting Award. University of Michigan has also awarded her their Emerging Leader Award, and the city of Detroit has honored her with a Spirit of Detroit award. Most substantially, Dominique has recently been awarded the esteemed Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, and she is the recipient of the 2014 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize Award for Skeleton Crew.
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Preview Feature in the San Francisco Chronicle: Morisseau's 'Skeleton Crew' defies epitaphs
Preview Plug from KQED Arts: A Skeleton Crew Battles for a Future in a Detroit Auto Plant