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A story of work, sacrifice and survival: ‘Skeleton Crew’ now running on Broadway

A drama unfolding inside a workplace and the intertwined lives of the workers is the plot of "Skeleton Crew” -- a play now running on Broadway.

News 12 Staff

Feb 9, 2022, 12:54 PM

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A drama unfolding inside a workplace and the intertwined lives of the workers is the plot of "Skeleton Crew” -- a play now running on Broadway.
"Skeleton Crew” is a story about people's work, sacrifice and survival, as the world around them changes.
Phylicia Rashad stars as Faye, a factory worker watching her livelihood, health and home slip away.
It comes as the auto stamping plant in Detroit, where Faye has worked for nearly 30 years, is rumored to be going under.
"Skeleton Crew" is set in the factory's break room, the gathering spot where the fears, dreams and even some secrets of the small group of employees and their supervisor are revealed.
"You're seeing the story played out through the lens of human experience with each character and what these relationships are and how we connect to one another,” says Rashad.
Detroit native Chanté Adams makes her Broadway debut as dedicated employee and soon to be mom, Shanita. For her, the characters feel especially close to home.
“All my grandparents, every single one of them moved up from the South in order to get jobs in the car factory,” says Adams. “My godmother, all of my uncles and my cousins. My dad was the first person in our family not to work in a car factory."
Playwright Dominique Morisseau, who has set three plays in her hometown of Detroit, explores the bond formed between workers.
“That's what this story is about, a family of workers who will not allow each other to be treated as if they're expendable,” says Morisseau.
The Manhattan Theatre Club production is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who says it honors essential workers.
"They don't complain and they give you all of themselves so you can get all of yourself, whatever you need to do that day,” says Morisseau.
The limited engagement of "Skeleton Crew" continues through Feb. 20 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. In addition to Rashad and Adams, the five-member cast of "Skeleton Crew" includes Brandon J. Dirden, Joshua Boone and Adesola Osakalumi.  


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