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 explores the impact of the Recession-era economy while offering a heartfelt glimpse into the inner lives of Detroit’s resilient working class.

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.

Ticket prices

Ticket prices range from $29 to $82.

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Venue info

This production will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

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Age recommendation

We recommend this production for ages 12 and up.

Content advisory

This production contains strobe lights, haze, fog, mature language and the use of prop cigarettes.

Run time

Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes (with intermission)

Digital program and play guide

Want to dig deeper into the story? Download the digital program and play guide.


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

Friday, May 17, 5:30 p.m.
Level One
Join fellow members of the BIPOC community to celebrate Black artistry with food, drinks, conversation and music. Following the event, guests will attend the performance of Skeleton Crew that evening. Tickets start at $20 with promo code BIPOC.

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Detroit Night

Thursday, May 30, 5:30 p.m.
Level Nine
Celebrate your connections to Detroit with a pre-show reception of sips, bites and Motor City inspired beats. Following the festivities, guests will attend the performance of Skeleton Crew that evening. Tickets start at $20 with promo code DETROIT.

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Black Artists Pop-Up Market

Saturday, June 1, 2–7 p.m.
Target Lounge
Shop for keepsakes, gifts and handcrafted treasures from a curated group of local Black artisans and makers. This event is open to the public and audience members attending performances at the Guthrie that day. 

Featured makers



Darius D. 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

Laura Topham

Stage Manager

Kathryn Sam Houkom

Assistant Stage Manager

Annie Enneking

Fight Director/Intimacy

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

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Mikell Sapp, Stephanie Everett and Jennifer Fouché in a scene from Skeleton Crew. Photo: Dan Norman

Jennifer Fouché, Darius Dotch, Stephanie Everett and Mikell Sapp in a scene from Skeleton Crew. Photo: Dan Norman

Stephanie Everett in a scene from Skeleton Crew. Photo: Dan Norman 

Mikell Sapp and Darius Dotch in a scene from Skeleton Crew. Photo: Dan Norman

Jennifer Fouché and Darius Dotch in a scene from Skeleton Crew. Photo: Dan Norman

Stephanie Everett and Mikell Sapp in a scene from Skeleton Crew. Photo: Dan Norman

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