Skeleton Crew


Skeleton Crew

June 5 - July 8, 2018
Gil Cates Theater

Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Featuring Amari Cheatom, Caroline Stefanie Clay, Kelly McCreary & DB Woodside

“A powerful drama... the language thunders with Wilson-esque crackle!” – Los Angeles Times
“Sheer brilliance! Timely and political without being preachy, Skeleton Crew is smart, elegantly executed and, best of all, brimming with emotion.” The Hollywood Reporter
“With Tom Hanks starring in Henry IV and Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Los Angeles has a number of must-see productions this season. Skeleton Crew, which is emotionally bracing as well as relevant in its social commentary, belongs at the top of the list.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A showcase for the values that have been jeopardized by corporations all too ready to dispose of the humans whose industriousness made them rich.” – Los Angeles Times
“Get ready to stand up and cheer for Dominique Morisseau’s powerful blue-collar drama, now making a breathtakingly designed, directed, and performed Geffen Playhouse debut.” – StageSceneLA
“Clay’s gut-wrenching force-of-nature performance as Faye is matched by Woodside’s towering work as Reggie, with Cheatom and McCreary providing compelling support while igniting considerable romantic, sexual chemistry along the way. ” – StageSceneLA
“Tensions rise in Dominique Morisseau's incisive glimpse of working class anxieties.” – TIME magazine
“A deeply moral and deeply American play.” – The New York Times
“An achievement, as much for political substance as for style.” – Variety
“Fierce and funny! Skillfully weaves together history, personal stories and near-poetic riffs in a satisfying, authentic way.” – San Diego Union Tribune
“Sustained narrative dynamism.” – The Washington Post

The third installment of Dominique Morisseau’s acclaimed trilogy “The Detroit Project,” Skeleton Crew follows four co-workers—Faye, Dez, Reggie and Shanita—at a Detroit auto factory in 2008. This play highlights the layered relationships and drama of blue-collar workers navigating the instability and uncertainty in their personal lives and at work. Each character’s patience and loyalty are tested as the plant’s future comes into question, and they are forced to make hard choices to ensure their individual survival. Morisseau’s masterful command of dialect and dialogue brings depth and authenticity to a story about the very local implications of global change.

$20 Mobile Rush tickets will be available at 9:00 a.m. each performance day on a first-come, first-served basis through TodayTix.

In The News

Ovation Recommended by LA Stage Alliance

Review: "In Skeleton Crew, the American worker, cranky, caring, overburdened and endangered, is given her 21st century dramatic due."

Review: "Sheer brilliance! Dominique Morisseau's trenchant look at working-class woes in Detroit, featuring outstanding performances and writing, is as poetic as it is political."

Interview: Patricia McGregor Aims to ‘Contribute to The Conversation’ Through Her Work

Watch: Kelly McCreary of Grey’s Anatomy starring in new play Skeleton Crew

Watch: Grey's Anatomy star Kelly McCreary brings Detroit play to the Geffen stage

Review: "Like the assembly line shown onstage, the cast is a finely tuned organism, with each actor bringing realistic agony to their parts."

Review: "Sparked with moments of raw humor, despair, anger, and hope, Skeleton Crew will have you rooting for each and every one of its characters to come out a winner. Get ready to stand up and cheer."

Review: ★★★★ "Brilliantly acted... Skeleton Crew is one of the best local productions of the year!"

Interview: DB Woodside Is the Boss of the Skeleton Crew — The star of Lucifer relishes his return to the stage

Geffen Playhouse Blog: "Working Class Warriors" — Playwright Dominique Morisseau on her play Skeleton Crew

Interview: Playwright Dominique Morisseau on Skeleton Crew: "A deeper love and respect for the working class and the people of Detroit."

Geffen Playhouse Blog: A Perfect Union — Patricia McGregor on directing Skeleton Crew

Cast Announcement: Amari Cheatom, Caroline Stefanie Clay, Kelly McCreary, and DB Woodside set for Skeleton Crew

Feature: Dominique Morisseau Is Telling the Story of Her People

Review: CRITICS' PICK! "Naturalistic, tightly structured and filled with self-defining monologues of vernacular lyricism."

Feature: Playwright Dominique Morisseau Can’t Forget the Motor City

Top Ten Plays of 2016: "Tensions rise among four employees at a Detroit auto plant facing the prospect of layoffs in Dominique Morisseau’s incisive glimpse of working class anxieties."

Review: "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."

Review: "An achievement, as much for political substance as for style."

Review: Skeleton Crew a fierce, funny American tale

Review: Detroit’s assembly line brought to vibrant life in Skeleton Crew




Meet The Artists

Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre) and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and National Black Theatre). Additional plays include Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater), Sunset Baby (Labyrinth Theater Company), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me to Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the book writer for the new musical Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations (Berkeley Rep). Morisseau is an alumna of the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, Women’s Project Lab and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Women’s Project Theater, South Coast Repertory, People’s Light and Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Penumbra Theatre Company. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series Shameless. Awards include Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named to Variety’s 2017 Women’s Impact Report.

Patricia McGregor is a director and writer from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She has twice been profiled by The New York Times for her direction of world premieres. Recent credits include Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole (People’s Light Theatre), Skeleton Crew (Studio Theatre), Measure for Measure (The Old Globe), The Parchman Hour (Guthrie Theater), Hamlet (Public Theater), Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Lincoln Center Theater) and the world premieres of Good Grief (Center Theatre Group), Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), Hurt Village (Signature Theatre), Holding It Down and Blood Dazzler (Harlem Stage) and The House That Would Not Stand (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep). Other credits include A Raisin in the SunThe Winter’s TaleSpunkBecky ShawAdoration of the Old WomanFour Electric Ghosts and Nothing Personal. She has directed the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and staged readings for HBO’s writer’s Access program. She was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow at Yale School of Drama where she earned her M.F.A. and served as Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret.

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Performance Info

This production contains profanity, partial nudity, fog effects and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.

2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.