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?

“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." –


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

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

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

The Playhouse at Overture Center
201 State Street, Madison, WI