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Skeleton Crew

April 08 – May 07

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

(from left) Amari Cheatom as Dez, Brian Marable as Reggie, Tonye Patano as Faye, and Rachel Nicks as Shanita. Photo by Jim Cox.

 

Skeleton Crew

Summary

Skeleton Crew

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
In Association with MOXIE Theatre

CRITIC'S CHOICE
"Engrossing! A fierce, funny American tale!" —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Skeleton Crew is squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller...A deeply moral and deeply American play." —The New York Times

Times are tough in 2008 Detroit, but there’s still one working auto plant. The long hours and demanding shifts have turned the line workers into a family. The firm, compassionate Faye holds them together, and she’s only months away from retiring with her full pension. But when she discovers that management has a new plan, she’s torn between self-preservation and allegiance to her coworkers. 2015 Craig Noel Award winner for Director of the Year Delicia Turner Sonnenberg makes her Globe debut.
Contains strong language.

Production Sponsors
Reneé and Bob Wailes
Vicki and Carl Zeiger

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.

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Cast and Creative

Cast

Creative

Dominique Morisseau (Playwright) is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which includes the plays Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Detroit ’67 (The Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and National Black Theatre). Her additional plays include Sunset Baby (Labyrinth Theater Company), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre), and Follow Me to Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is an alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, Women’s Project Theater’s Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, and she has developed work at Sundance Institute Theatre Lab and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Women’s Project Theater, South Coast Repertory, People’s Light & Theatre Company, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She currently serves as Executive Story Editor on the Showtime series “Shameless.” Ms. Morisseau has received the Stavis Playwriting Award, NAACP Image Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, L. Arnold Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, TEER Spirit Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama (for Detroit ’67), and Obie Award (for Skeleton Crew).

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Director) is thrilled to make her Old Globe debut. She is the founding Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, where she has directed many acclaimed productions. Her other local directing credits include San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre Company, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, ion theatre company, and Playwrights Project. Her honors include the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle 2015 Director of the Year Award, Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Program fellowship, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award, Van Lier Fund fellowship (Second Stage Theatre), and the New York Drama League’s Directors Project.

Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design) recently designed the Globe’s production of The Last Match. His Broadway credits include The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper (also West End) and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee. His Off Broadway credits include Guards at the Taj (2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Scenic Design) and Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater Company), Vietgone and Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club), Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), Luce (Lincoln Center Theater), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), and Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater). Regionally Mr. Mackabee has designed for Geffen Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Geva Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, South Coast Repertory, Victory Gardens Theater, Bay Street Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, The Muny, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His dance credits include Doug Varone and Dancers and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. His television credits include Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, “Gotham,” “Smash,” and “The Today Show.” Mr. Mackabee is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com.

Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Design) is thrilled to be back at The Old Globe, having previously designed Knowing Cairo. Her selected local credits include The Grift and El Henry (La Jolla Playhouse), Manifest Destinitis, The Oldest Boy, Oedipus El Rey, Venus in Fur, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), The Who’s Tommy, The Threepenny Opera, Don Quixote, and Intimate Apparel (San Diego Repertory Theatre), and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show and Dirty Blonde (Cygnet Theatre Company). Her other San Diego credits include designs for North Coast Repertory Theatre, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, ion theatre company, and MOXIE Theatre (where she is resident costume designer and design ambassador). Regionally, Ms. Gittings has designed for A Noise Within, Crossroads Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Western Stage, among others. Her accolades include the 2015 FringeNYC Award for Overall Excellence in Costume Design, four Craig Noel Awards, a Patté Award, and the NAACP Theatre Award. In 2014, her work was selected to appear in the traveling curated museum exhibit Bewitching. In addition to her theatrical work, Ms. Gittings teaches fashion illustration at the San Diego Art Institute and creates custom costumes and couture for private clients, themed events, parties, and red carpet galas through her company LEO DUO. She holds an M.F.A. from Rutgers University and a B.A. from UCLA. www.icostumedesign.com, www.leoduo.com

Sherrice Mojgani (Lighting Design) recently designed The Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam’s Wedding, Outside Mullingar, My Mañana Comes, Steal Heaven, Honky, The Mountaintop, and Clybourne Park (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Blue Door, Ruthless! The Musical, Trouble in Mind, Jade Heart, Mud Blue Sky, Skinless, and Freedom of Speech (MOXIE Theatre), God of Carnage, Golda’s Balcony, The Nutcracker, and To Kill a Mockingbird (New Village Arts), Bright Half Life (Diversionary Theatre), and Art (Intrepid Theatre Company). Ms. Mojgani holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from UC San Diego. sherrice.weebly.com.

Lindsay Jones (Sound Design) previously designed the Globe productions of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rich Girl, Buyer & Cellar, Richard III, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind, The Recommendation, Groundswell, Opus, The Glass Menagerie, In This Corner, Oscar and the Pink Lady, Lincolnesque, Sky Girls, and Beyond Therapy, among others. He designed and composed for the Broadway productions of Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. His Off Broadway credits include Privacy, Dry Powder,and Wild with Happy (The Public Theater), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Mr. Joy (LCT3), Top Secret (New York Theatre Workshop), Rx (Primary Stages), and many others. His regional credits include Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, Goodman Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, and many others. His international work includes Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada and Royal Shakespeare Company in England, as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Scotland. Mr. Jones has received seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 24 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, a Craig Noel Award and two nominations, and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, as well as three Drama Desk Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Award nominations, two Barrymore Award nominations, and many others. His film scoring credits include The Brass Teapot (Magnolia Pictures) and A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (HBO Films; 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subjects). lindsayjones.com.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) has cast the Globe productions of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Blameless, Meteor Shower, tokyo fish story, Constellations, The Last Match, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Rich Girl, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The White Snake, The Twenty-seventh Man, The Royale, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Bethany, The Winter’s Tale, The Few, Double Indemnity, The Rainmaker, Other Desert Cities, Be a Good Little Widow, A Doll’s House, The Brothers Size, Pygmalion, and Good People. Their Broadway casting credits include The Front Page, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Glass Menagerie (upcoming), Jitney (upcoming), The Little Foxes (upcoming), The Father, Blackbird, An Act of God, Airline Highway, Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, The Country House, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family. They also cast for Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, Second Stage Theatre (seven seasons), and Williamstown Theatre Festival (three seasons). Their recent film and television credits include HairBrained with Brendan Fraser, “American Odyssey” (NBC), “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC pilot), “Ironside” (NBC), and Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime).

Peter Van Dyke (Production Stage Manager) has been a stage manager for over 50 productions at The Old Globe, beginning with Foxfire in the former Cassius Carter Centre Stage in 1984 and most recently Sense and Sensibility. Some of his other notable shows include Waiting for Godot, Falsettos, Forever Plaid, Blues in the Night, Pride’s Crossing, Cowgirls, and nine Shakespeare plays, including Jack O’Brien’s monumental Henry IV. Born in Chicago and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Mr. Van Dyke has been a San Diegan since 1989. He has stage managed at Denver Center Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. He has been the production stage manager of The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Wicked, Million Dollar Quartet,and Kinky Boots on tour, playing over 100 cities in 36 states and five provinces of Canada, as well as Seoul and Shanghai.

Reviews

CRITIC'S CHOICE
"Engrossing! A fierce, funny American tale!" —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Unequivocally outstanding! Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg does a superb job with a magnificent cast." —Times of San Diego

"A fast-paced and engrossing mix of drama and comedy." —The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

"A superb cast, led by a director at the top of her craft." —San Diego Magazine

"Sharp and illuminating! Delicia Turner Sonnenberg is one of the best directors in town — the cast she directs is in good hands. All four are splendid!" —San Diego CityBeat

 

 

 

Events

Insight Seminar

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the "inside story" on creating a character and putting together a professional production. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

 

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Explore the ideas and issues raised by a production through brief, illuminating post-show discussions with local experts, such as scientists, artists, historians and scholars. Subject Matters will ignite discussion, bring the play's concerns into sharp focus, and encourage you to think beyond the stage! Subject Matters discussions follow select Saturday matinee performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Saturday, April 15, 2017