By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Rick Dines
Featuring Christina Gardner, Jon Herbert, Mikil Hernandez and Johnnie Angelia King
Director Rick Dines reunites actors from SCT’s acclaimed production of A Raisin in the Sun to bring to Center Stage the third play in Dominique Morisseau’s lauded “Detroit Project.” Skeleton Crew follows co-workers – Faye, Dez, Reggie and Shanita – at a Detroit auto stamping plant in early 2008. Each of the workers have to make tough 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. The play highlights the layered relationships and drama of blue-collar workers navigating instability and uncertainty as they fight to ensure their survival in an economic climate that is marked by the downturn in American manufacturing. Morisseau’s masterful command of dialect and dialogue brings depth and authenticity to a story about the very local implications of global change. This production contains adult language and content.
A Springfield area premiere.
"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, with a loving compassion for those trapped in a system that makes sins, spiritual or societal, and self-betrayal almost inevitable." - The New York Times.