Skeleton Crew

by Dominique Morisseau
September 6 - 23, 2018

Wisconsin Premiere

Directed by Jake Penner


At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Faye, Dez, and Shanita are a tight-knit family of workers navigating the likelihood of losing their jobs, while their foreman Reggie is torn between his team and his career. As power dynamics shift, they are all pushed to the limits of forgiveness. When the line between blue-collar and white- collar gets blurred, how much are they willing to risk for each other?


Marti Gobel (Faye), Di’Monte Henning (Reggie), Sherrick Robinson (Dez), Candace Thomas (Shanita)


Scenic Designer: Joseph Varga
Lighting Designer: Marisa Abbott
Costume Designer: Monica Kilkus
Sound Designer/Composer: Joe Cerqua
Props Designer: Pam Miles
Assistant Director: Kennedie King
Stage Manager: Sarah Deming-Henes
Asst. Stage Manager: Ashton LaReau

Sponsored by: ATC, Sybil & Maurice Better, Custer Plumb Financial Services, Boardman Clark, The Cap Times



Dominque Morriseau’s “Skeleton Crew” Makes Wisconsin Premiere - Robert Chappell, Madison 365

'Skeleton Crew' connects Detroit and Madison factory workers - Samara Kalk Derby, Wisconsin State Journal


"You’d expect Forward to lead off its landmark 10th anniversary season with a punch, and that’s exactly what they’ve landed here. This is one of the best shows they’ve staged in the last several years."
- Aaron Conklin, Madison Magazine
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"Morisseau has been compared to theater legends August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Arthur Miller, Anton Chekhov and Clifford Odets. That’s a lot for any writer to live up to. But seeing this production, the comparisons become clear."
- Gwen Rice, Isthmus
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At a failing Detroit factory, a 'Skeleton Crew' pulls together and finds each other
- Lindsay Christians, The Cap Times


Is a Factory. It Can Hurt: The History of Detroit's Auto Industry

Along the Road to 'Skeleton Crew'

'Skeleton Crew' Study Guide - Actors Theatre of Louisville (Not just for students! Pages 4-6 are a must read)

A New Play About Detroit's Collapsing Auto Industry - An interview with playwright Dominique Morisseau