A Skeleton Crew Battles for a Future in a Detroit Auto Plant

Tristan Cunningham, Lance Gardner, Jade King Carroll, Margo Hall and Christian Thompson (L-R) rehearse for the Bay Area premiere of 'Skeleton Crew' at the Marin Theatre Co.

Tristan Cunningham, Lance Gardner, Jade King Carroll, Margo Hall and Christian Thompson (L-R) rehearse for the Bay Area premiere of 'Skeleton Crew' at the Marin Theatre Co. (Photo: Courtesy of Marin Theatre Co.)

Dominique Morisseau has written three plays about her native Detroit. Her most recent features employees at Detroit’s last auto plant with a lot to lose, as the recession hits and auto companies face bankruptcy in 2008.

The play got great reviews when it first opened in Detroit, and won an Obie Award after moving to New York City. We got a taste of Morisseau’s work recently: she did the book for the Temptations musical Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, a hit at Berkeley Rep. That show wasn’t great drama —jukebox musicals are a tough assignment — so I’m far more excited about this production, especially with the talented Margo Hall, Lance Gardner and Tristan Cunningham in the cast.

This production also represents a rare collaboration between two regional theater companies. Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley gets the Bay Area premiere this month, and then Theatreworks in Palo Alto does the show in March. Details for the Marin production (Jan 25–Feb. 18) are here, and for Theatreworks (March 7–April 1), look here.

A Skeleton Crew Battles for a Future in a Detroit Auto Plant 24 January,2018Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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