Skeleton Crew
By Dominique Morisseau

Skeleton Crew

September 2 - October 1, 2018
Morrison Stage

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray

It’s 2008, and one of the last auto plants in Detroit is dying on the vine. The factory workers that remain are living paycheck-to-paycheck but amidst the backbreaking work and brutally long shifts, they have somehow shaped themselves into a makeshift family. Faye, a factory lifer, is the glue that holds everything together. But with less than six months before she can retire with a full pension, Faye learns that management has a plan that could threaten her whole existence, leaving her torn between loyalty to her coworkers or her own survival.

Heartbreakingly tense with moments of ethereal beauty, Skeleton Crew reveals the struggle to stay relevant in a society that constantly changes.

Awards for Dominique Morisseau
2016 OBIE Award (for Skeleton Crew)

“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.”

– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“A deep vulnerable blend of frustration, conversation, and denial.”

– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Run Time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including intermission


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Morrison Stage

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“Skeleton Crew is a snappy and unexpectedly warm look at the decisions people make when the bottom falls out.”

Ben Waterhouse, The Oregonian/Oregonlive

“A triumphant middle finger to a society that frequently insists on painting working-class women and men as victims or cannon fodder.”

Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week

“The story’s emotional fabric is thick with the tangles between self-interest and loyalty.”

Marty Hughley, Oregon ArtsWatch

“Every day comes with a new hard choice – often between doing the right thing, the selfish thing, and the thing you’re supposed to do.”

Krista Garver, Broadway World



Production Team

Kemba Shannon
Megan Wilkerson
Scenic Designer
Wanda Walden
Costume Designer
Miranda K. Hardy
Lighting Designer
Sharath Patel
Sound Designer
Luan Schooler
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Stage Manager
Robert Amico
Props Master
Karen M. Hill
Production Assistant
Jason Coffey
Board Op
Jonathan Cole
Fight Choreographer
Amanda K Cole
Intimacy Consultant