PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly presents Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew,” the searing dramatic final installment in her Detroit Trilogy. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, the production runs from Oct. 10-28 at the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.
“Skeleton Crew” transports us to the start of the Great Recession in 2008, where one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is in trouble. What will this mean for its blue collar workforce? The plant’s line workers have become family, but alliances and power dynamics shift as each of them must make difficult decisions when they see the writing on the wall. What choices are you willing to make to take care of you and yours, to take care of your co-workers, to survive?
“Dominique Morisseau is a master at writing about sweeping, universal issues — but in a way that makes them feel beautifully, tragically, and singularly human,” said Vivienne Benesch, PlayMakers’ Producing Artistic Director. “‘Skeleton Crew’ is very much a play of our time, in its exploration of how far each of us will go to protect our little piece of the pie. In the hands of the extraordinary Valerie Curtis-Newton, the play becomes a quiet but profound conversation-starter about what it means to be a ‘worker’ in America today, and to feel that ‘progress’ is leaving behind an entire segment of the population.”
“As an artist and citizen, I believe so strongly in the power of theatre to put us in relationship with one another, and allow us to explore what brings us together as a community as well as what breaks us apart,” said Curtis-Newton. “There are so many facets to the relationships in this play — family, co-workers, friends, adversaries — that give it resonance far beyond our present moment. Working with the incredible company at PlayMakers made it easy to feel safe enough to explore how we …