The Fall Reunion Reading Series: Skeleton Crew
BY DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU
October 22-24, 2020
Reservations are free but required,
with a suggested donation of $25
Out of strange circumstance comes exciting opportunity! While you cannot come to us for live theater, we’re bringing our theater to you — wherever in the world you might be! We’re delighted to reunite the original cast and creative team of the critically-acclaimed Skeleton Crew for an exclusive virtual remounting.
In MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Dominique Morisseau’s third and final play in 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 collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the lines are they willing to step.
Skeleton Crew had its critically-acclaimed world premiere at Atlantic Stage 2 during our 2015|2016 season, transferring to our Linda Gross Theater later that season for an extended run due to popular demand! It won the AUDELCO Award for “Dramatic Production of the Year,” and it has regularly landed on the annual list of The Top 10 Most Produced Plays in America.
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Run time: The show runs approximately 110 minutes, with a brief 5-minute intermission, which will be noted by a countdown clock on your screen. Please note that the stream will be deactivated at 11pm ET for evening performances, and 6pm ET for the matinee.
Suggested Donation: $25/viewer.
Plus, a bonus event!
Live with Atlantic: Remix
Sunday, October 25 at 4pm | Free
To close out our weekend of performances, join us live as Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Atlantic’s The Secret Life of Bees) interviews Dominique Morisseau about Skeleton Crew and her celebrated body of work.
Run time: Live with Atlantic: Remix will run approximately 60 minutes.
“This was an extraordinary play & fabulous production. Certainly among the best I’ve seen online.”
– Audience Member
“Other virtual experiences were staged readings & this was an actual performance. It was very moving.”
– Audience Member
Cast & Creative
CAROLINE CLAY is a proud native Washingtonian, and a 35 year veteran of Broadway stage, film, and television. She specializes in the devising of solo work and content creation for the working actor. As a voice/dialect coach and acting teacher, she has taught and conducted workshops worldwide: including the National Theatre of Ghana, Health Alliance of Romania, Academy of Dramatic Art, Signature Theatre, University of Maryland, Howard, Georgetown, Case-Western, and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, of which she is also an alum. Best known for her recurring role as “CeCe” on Season 16 of “Grey’s Anatomy,” she has also served as dialect coach for Katori Hall’s “P-Valley” on Starz!, and the feature, Flint Strong. Her next role will be in the upcoming feature, Alice, starring KeKe Palmer. Clay is the winner of the NAACP 2020 Best Actress in a Theatrical Production Award for her performance in Skeleton Crew at The Geffen Playhouse.
JASON DIRDEN was in the Atlantic Theater Company premiere of Skeleton Crew. Broadway credits include: Fences and A Raisin in the Sun. Mr. Dirden appeared Off-Broadway in First Breeze of Summer and Piano Lesson at Signature Theatre. His regional credits include: Stickfly (Huntington), A Raisin in the Sun (Ebony Rep), Seven Guitars and Topdog/Underdog (Two River Theatre) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Mark Taper). Jason can currently be seen on “Greenleaf” (OWN) and “American Soul” (BET).
Wendell B. Franklin
WENDELL B. FRANKLIN has worked professionally at several theaters and venues across the country, including Atlantic Theater Company (world premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew, directed by Ruben Santiago Hudson), People’s Light and Theatre Company, The Billie Holiday Theatre, The Culture Project, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, and Virginia Stage Company. His television credits include “The Good Fight,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” and “Law & Order.” Wendell is grateful and pleased to reunite with this incredible creative team in the recorded reading of Skeleton Crew.
NIKIYA MATHIS. Off Broadway: Fabulation (Signature Theatre); Cullud Wattah (Public Theatre); Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater); The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy, In the Red and Brown Water & Marcus or The Secret Of Sweet (Public Theater), Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons). Regional Premieres: The Brother Sister Plays trilogy (McCarter Theatre); Hurricane Diane (Two River Theatre); Blood Quilt (Arena Stage); Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse); Regional: Flyin West (Westport Playhouse); Eclipsed (McCarter Theater); Intimate Apparel (Two River Theatre) The Mountaintop (Milwaukee Rep). National Commercials: Dunkin Donuts, Diet Coke, Kraft. TV: “Braindead,” “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Night Of,” “The Last O.G.” Film: “Compliance”, “Knucklehead”, “All These Small Moments.” BA: Temple University. MFA: NYU Tisch Grad Acting.
Choreographer and performer
ADESOLA OSAKALUMI. Coal Country, Othello & Cullad Wattah (The Public Theater). Eyewitness Blues (NYTW), Jam on the Groove (Mineta Lane). Film: School of Rock. As an actor: runboyrun (NYTW), Syncing Ink (Flea Theater), Broadway: FELA!, Equus. Film/TV: Red Pill, ICE, Sex and the City 2, Enchanted, Across The Universe, IBRAHIM. Awards: Bessie Award, Drama Desk Nominee.
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the TONY nominated book writer on the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). Dominique is alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless” (3 seasons). Additional awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18, and a recent MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow.
RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON most recently adapted August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Netflix produced by Denzel Washington to be released this fall. He directed the Broadway production of August Wilson’s Jitney which garnered several awards for Outstanding Revival including the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League, and the NY Drama Critics Circle Awards, along with six Tony nominations.
Ruben’s other directing credits include: The Piano Lesson, Skeleton Crew, Othello, Gem of The Ocean, Paradise Blue, My Children! My Africa!, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Cabin in the Sky, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Two Trains Running, Things of Dry Hours, The First Breeze Of Summer, and Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, among many others.
Mr. Santiago-Hudson received a Tony Award as featured actor for his performance in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. He made his Broadway acting debut alongside Gregory Hines in Jelly’s Last Jam. Other Broadway credits include Stick Fly and Gem of the Ocean. The multi-award winning director/writer/actor wrote, executive produced, and co-starred in the HBO film Lackawanna Blues based on his OBIE and Helen Hayes Award-winning play. The movie received several honors including Emmy, Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award, Humanitas, National Board of Reviews, Black Filmmaker’s Foundation and Christopher Awards. In a career that spans over four decades, Ruben considers opening The Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center in 2014 in his hometown of Lackawanna, NY as one of his proudest and most cherished accomplishments