THOUGHTS: Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau

DominiqueRubenPlaywright Dominique Morisseau and Tony® and Obie Award winning actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson team up with Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) to present the world premiere of Morisseau ’s play Skeleton Crew.

Morisseau is best known for her trilogy of plays about her hometown Detroit. The first installment, Detroit ’67 was staged Off Broadway in 2013 and won the 2014 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Her second play, Paradise Blue, debuted at the Williamstown Theater Festival last summer. Her play Sunset Baby had its world premiere at the Gate Theater in London in 2012 before transferring Off Broadway in 2013. In November, she received the prestigious 2015 Steinberg Playwright Award.

In Skeleton Crew, the third play of her Detroit trilogy, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift and they are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue and white-collar gets blurred, the question raised becomes-how far over the lines are the characters willing to step?

The cast features Jason Dirden On Broadway: A Raisin in the Sun; Fences. Off- B’way: Piano Lesson; Stick Fly, Wendell B. Franklin Off- Broadway/Regional: Speak Truth to Power, Brothers from the Bottom; Fences, Lynda Gravatt On Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, King Hedley II ; 45 Seconds from Broadway, Nikiya Mathis Off Broadway: Fidelis, Milk Like Sugar; The Brother/Sister Plays, Adesola Osakalumi On Broadway: Fela!; Equus. Off Broadway: In Your Arms; Ngwino Ubeho.

Reasons To Go:

  1. Superb acting! It’s easy to see why these actors work constantly on and off Broadway.
  2. Excellent stage direction. Santiago-Hudson, an excellent actor himself, let’s us inside the characters’ world in a natural way with a cohesive rhythm.
  3. Great storytelling. It doesn’t take long to be pulled into the life of the characters and their struggle. No wonder Morisseau is an award winning success.
  4. Atlantic Theater Company!  Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays including Tony Award® winning productions of Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); New York Drama Critics Circle winner for Best New Play, The Night Alive (Conor McPherson) world premieres of Posterity (Doug Wright); I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard (Halley Feiffer) just to name a few.

Who Should Go:FullCast

Teens through Adults.


Reserve tickets in advance. Shows are selling out.


Politics, Loyalty, Blue Collar/White Collar, The American Dream


Adult Situations

Show Info:

Plays a limited engagement through Sunday, February 14, 2016 Off Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street).


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