Skeleton Crew

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray

September 2, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Morrison Stage

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

2 hours 15 minutes, including intermission

Cast and Production Team


Vin Shambry +^


Tamera Lyn ±


Bobby Bermea +


Jeff George


Leslie North


McKensie Rummel




Choreographer: Kemba Shannon

Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Costume Designer: Wanda Walden

Lighting Designer: Miranda K. Hardy

Sound Designer: Sharath Patel #^

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Props Master: Robert Amico

Production Assistant: Karen M. Hill +

Board Op: Jason Coffey

Fight Choreographer: Jonathan Cole *^

Intimacy Consultant: Amanda K Cole *

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




"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




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Prep for Skeleton Crew with this book and movie list  inspired by the play from the Multnomah County Library.