SKELETON CREW

By Dominique Morisseau

Tampa Bay Premiere
It’s 2008, and one of the last auto plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. The remaining factory workers are living paycheck-to-paycheck and now each of the workers must navigate the possibility of foreclosure. As power dynamics shift and they are pushed to the limits of survival, the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred.  With moments of heartbreak and humor, SKELETON CREW is a beautiful homage to the American blue collar worker.

Obie Award Best Play

“Like Lorraine Hansberry and August Wilson before her, Morisseau creates characters who don’t merely speak, they sing..”  – TheatreMania

Run time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission
Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 12+. Adult Language & Situations

Creative Team 
L. Peter Callender (Director)
Steven K. Mitchell# (Scenic Designer)
Joseph P. Oshry# (Lighting Designer)
Jill Castle (Costume Designer)
Alex Jones (Choreographer)
Rachel Harrison* (Sound Designer/Production Stage Manager)
Jerid Fox (Projection Designer/Properties Master)

* = Member of Actors’ Equity Association, # = Member of Scenic Artists Union

January 22 – February 23, 2020

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L. Peter Callender (Director),  a proud member of Actors Equity Association, happily returns to American Stage as director of SKELETON CREW. He recently directed Morisseau’s PIPELINE for American Stage, after playing Walter “Pops” Washington in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY (Tampa Bay Award, Best Actor), to begin this 2018/19 season. Also, at American Stage, he directed the critically acclaimed production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, which followed his direction of August Wilson’s JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE, and JITNEY, accumulating 10 Tampa Bay Award nominations and winning 6, including Outstanding Director for JITNEY and JOE TURNER. Mr. Callender is Artistic Director of African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco. Other directing credits include, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… at San Jose Stage Company, SAFE HOUSE at Aurora Theatre Company, August Wilson’s FENCES for Solano College at Harbor Theater in Fairfield, Ca., and GILDED SIX BITS by Zora Neale Hurston for Word For Word in San Francisco and Paris, France. As an actor, Mr. Callender has performed in over 23 Shakespeare plays, in August Wilson’s KING HEDLEY II (Hedley), SEVEN GUITARS (Red Carter), and RADIO GOLF (Sterling), Athol Fugards’ MASTER HAROLD..and the Boys (Sam), SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD (John), MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA! (Mr M) and several others in over 15 regional theaters coast to coast and on Broadway in PRELUDE TO A KISS. Read more on his site at www.lpetercallender.com

Rasell Holt* (Dez) was most recently seen in ROMEO+JULIET at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Other credits include TWELFTH NIGHT and SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (American Players Theatre); DRACULA (Actors Theatre of Louisville); A STORY TOLD IN SEVEN FIGHTS (The Neo-Futurists); and THE HAIRY APE (Oracle Productions); including understudy work at Steppenwolf Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre. TV/FILM credits include “Chicago P.D.” on NBC and “Drive Slow” by Terrence Thompson. He received his B.F.A from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and continued training with the Professional Training Company at The Actors Theatre of Louisville and the 2019 Apprenticeship at American Players Theatre. For Jim Butchart.

Enoch Armando King* (Reggie) is excited to be back at American Stage! He was previously seen here in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY and A RAISIN IN THE SUN. His recent credits include: TUNA CHRISTMAS (G.E.T.), PARADISE BLUE (True Colors Theatre), HANDS OF COLOR (Synchronicity Theatre- Suzi Bass Award for Best World Premiere), SKELETON CREW(True Colors Theatre), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Shakespeare Tavern), THE MOUNTAINTOP (Heritage Theatre Festival-Charlottesville,VA.), ANNE AND EMMETT (Amsterdam, VA., NY, NC.), THE CHRISTIANS (Suzi Bass Award for Best Supporting Actor) (Actors Express). Next up for Enoch is THE LIGHT at Horizon Theatre. Thanks to the wonderful cast, amazing crew and my family and friends for continued love and support.

Dee Selmore* (Faye) received her BA in Theatre Performance from Florida A&M University and her MS in Theatre from Florida State University. Dee’s regional credits include A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Mrs. Johnson, American Stage), SISTER ACT (Deloris Van Cartier, Round Barn Theatre), THE COLOR PURPLE (Sofia, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe), DOUBT (Mrs. Muller, Crane River Theatre), HAIRSPRAY (Motormouth Maybelle, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre) and FOOTLOOSE (Vi Moore, Jenny Wiley Theatre). Dee has also performed several readings at the National Black Theatre Festival. Dee is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the founder of Oluse Performing Arts, and co-founder of the ETA performance group. Dee sends thanks to the cast and crew for an amazing experience and to American Stage and L. Peter Callender for the opportunity to live again. Dee expresses special thanks to God, her mother, and her son for making her possible.

Camille Upshaw (Shanita) is a proud Detroit Native and she is super excited to be making her American Stage debut. She would like to dedicate this show to all of her friends & family who were and are still part of the UAW! She would like to dedicate this show to every black girl with a dream! She would like to dedicate this show to the city of DETROIT! Camille wants to thank God and her family for all of their continuous love and support. She received her BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase College. Recent Creds; SCRAPS (The Flea Theatre), LETTERS IN THE DIRT (The Brick Theatre) (Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress by the NY IT Foundation), AS YOU LIKE IT (SSF)

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union

Spotlight Series: PROLOGUES

A performance primer! Join us 30 minutes before the performance and enrich your play-going experience with an engaging discussion that explores fascinating details about the play and the artists.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.

Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES*

January 12, 2020

Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of each production with a presentation by Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia. She provides insights into the history and central themes of the play, as well as a discussion with members of the creative team who provide an insider’s perspective on their process.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

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Spotlight Series: CHATBACKS

January 30, February 2, 9, & 16
Immediately following select performances, chat with the artists and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, and respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.