Skeleton Crew

directed by AUSTENE VAN

An acclaimed American drama

As the Great Recession of 2008 begins to decimate industries across America, the once-gleaming “Motor City” has lost its luster. At one of its still-standing auto factories, four colleagues-turned-friends hear rumors that their plant is facing foreclosure. Faye, Dez, Shanita and Reggie all have different stakes in the company should it go under, which they grapple with in the break room as the fear of losing their jobs looms. In the final chapter of her acclaimed Detroit trilogy, Dominique Morisseau wrestles with questions of grief, loyalty and self-preservation while exploring the monumental impact of the Recession-era economy on middle-class life.

Three things to know

  • Skeleton Crew premiered on Broadway in 2022 and received three Tony Award nominations, including Best Play.
  • Playwright Dominique Morisseau was born and raised in Detroit and received the Spirit of Detroit Award for her writing about the city. Skeleton Crew is the third play in her acclaimed Detroit trilogy, which includes her plays Paradise Blue and Detroit '67.
  • Director Austene Van is an acclaimed Twin Cities theater professional, Artistic Director of New Dawn Theatre and Producing Artistic Director at Yellow Tree Theatre. Most recently at the Guthrie, she directed our 2022 production of A Raisin in the Sun.

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Ticket prices range from $29 to $82.

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Venue info

This production will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details.

Age recommendation

We recommend this production for ages 12 and up.

Content advisory

This production contains strong language and mature themes. 


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Post-play discussions

Join us after select performances for a 20-minute conversation facilitated by Guthrie staff. Cast members may join the discussion as they are able.

Post-play discussions are supported by Fredrikson & Byron

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BIPOC Community Night

Join us on Friday, May 17, for a night of networking and mingling with other BIPOC professionals and community members. The evening will include a pre-show conversation, complimentary refreshments and tickets to the performance.

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Darius Dotch


Stephanie Everett


Jennifer Fouché


Mikell Sapp


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Dominique Morisseau


Austene Van


Regina García

Scenic Designer

Samantha Fromm Haddow

Costume Designer

Nic Vincent

Lighting Designer

Jeff Lowe Bailey

Sound Designer/Composer

Faye M. Price


Keely Wolter

Vocal Coach

Annie Enneking

Fight Director

Laura Topham

Stage Manager

Kathryn Sam Houkom

Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

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