WHEN: July 13-30, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm.
WHERE: Zella Fry Theatre on the Kean University main campus, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ
TICKETS: $30 standard, $20 for senior citizens and Kean alumni, and $15 for students and patrons with disabilities.
Significant discounts for groups of 8 or more apply.
To make reservations or to order a season brochure, please call the box office at 908-737-7469 or visit Premiere Stages online at www.premierestagesatkean.com.
In this compelling portrait of American workers struggling to hold on against the tide of technology, ambitions, secrets and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy an automotive plant’s status as a sanctuary in a rough city. Faye, the matriarch of a small family of line workers, gives her all to keep her team employed in one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit.
Skeleton Crew is the third play in Ms. Morisseau’s award-winning Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which also includes Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and National Black Theatre). Premiere’s production, helmed by producing artistic director John J. Wooten, will feature an accomplished professional company of actors, including Kristen Adele, Daniel Boisrond, Patricia R. Floyd and Shane Taylor.
Ms. Morisseau currently serves as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless,” and is the book writer for the new musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Temptations premiering at Berkeley Repertory Theatre this fall. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a NAACP Image Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama. Her most recent play Pipeline is currently in previews at Lincoln Center Theater.
“We are pleased to welcome Dominique back to the Premiere fold,” stated Mr. Wooten. “Skeleton Crew exemplifies our mission and we could not be more excited to share this richly topical play with our audience.”
The impressive cast includes Kristen Adele, whose recent credits include Portland Center Stage, Hartford Stage, and CBS’s “Elementary”; Daniel Boisrond, previously seen in Premiere’s iDream, the film Hickory, and MTV’s “Eye Candy”; Detroit native and two-time AUDELCO Award winner Patricia R. Floyd, perhaps best known for HBO’s “Show Me a Hero” and her recurring role as Judge Rochelle Desmond on “Law and Order”; and Shane Taylor, returning to Premiere Stages after his acclaimed performance in Keith Josef Adkins’s The People Before the Park, whose distinguished regional credits include Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
Audience members are invited to further engage with the issues raised by Ms. Morisseau’s poignant play through Premiere Stages’ 2017 Talk-Back Series, which offers free post-show discussions with community leaders and local experts after select matinee performances (July 16, 23 and 29 at 3:00 pm). Scheduled speakers include director John J. Wooten, Dr. William M. Rodgers of the John Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, and Dr. Max Herman of New Jersey City University’s Urban Studies program, among others. Premiere will also offer a series of informal pre-show talks every Saturday evening 30 minutes prior to performance in the lobby of the theatre.
Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advance notice. Please call 908-737-4077 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, please visit Premiere Stages online at www.premierestagesatkean.com.
Premiere Stages is also made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival and through the generous support of individual patrons. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit www.JerseyArts.com for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.