09/06/17 - 10/22/17


Faye has spent her career at one of Detroit’s last auto-stamping plants. Shanita is pregnant, Dez has a whole future to plan, and their manager Reggie must navigate his debt to his work family and need to support his family at home. As rumors of a plant shutdown spread, these tight-knit workers must decide what they will sacrifice to survive. A timely and searing portrait of the African-American working class from Detroit native Morisseau.

Studio welcomes Dominique Morisseau, one of the most significant and talented voices in the theatre, to DC for the first time. Starring DC native Caroline Clay, Skeleton Crew is an important work by an important writer that excavates the lives of working class people in America today.

Tyee Tilghman and Caroline Stefanie Clay in Skeleton Crew.

Show Information

Runtime: 2 hours and 5 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
Environmental Warnings: This production will feature smoke, haze, and the smoking of electronic cigarettes.

Skeleton Crew is generously underwritten
by Steve and Linda Skalet.


The Artists


Production Team


Tim Brown

Tim Brown recently designed the set for J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only and 2014 Forest Hills Drive International Tour. He also designed the set for the world premiere of Ugly Lies the Bone for Roundabout Theatre Company. His scenic and projection designs have been seen at Yale Repertory Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Harlem Stage, Interact Theatre Company, Redhouse Arts Center, Astoria Performing Arts Center, New York Fringe Festival, Columbia University, Barnard College, Yale School of Drama, and Connecticut Repertory Theatre. He has also been an assistant projection designer for Driving Miss Daisy and Macbeth on Broadway and productions at The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Second Stage, and New York Theatre Workshop. His work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine and Opera America Magazine. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and teaches scenic design at The University of Connecticut and Trinity College.

(As of September 2017)


Nancy Schertler

Nancy Schertler's most recent Studio production was The Habit of Art. Broadway credits include productions of Bill Irwin’s Fool Moon and Largely New York (Tony Award nomination). Off Broadway productions include Hilda (dir. Carey Perloff), Texts for Nothing, and The Regard Evening (dir. Bill Irwin). Recent productions include Los Otros at Everyman Theatre, Fickle at Olney Theatre Center, and Watch on the Rhine at Arena Stage. World premiere opera productions include The Difficulty of Crossing a Field commissioned by American Conservatory Theatre and Shadowboxer, Clara, and Later the Same Evening, commissioned by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. 

(As of September 2017)


Marci Rodgers

Marci Rodgers recently designed She’s Gotta Have It, a new Netflix series directed by Spike Lee that premieres on November 23, 2017. Other recent designs include Word Becomes Flesh (Helen Hayes Award recipient), For Colored Girls, and Black Nativity at Theatre Alliance; Simply Simone at Theatrical Outfit; Milk Like Sugar and The Promised Land at Mosaic Theatre Company; What I Learned in Paris at Congo Square Theatre; and the Fall 2015 production of Intimate Apparel at the University of Maryland's Kaye Theatre. She holds a BBA from Howard University and a MFA from University of Maryland.

(As of September 2017)


Everett Elton Bradman

Everett Elton Bradman was most recently music director for As You Like It at the California Shakespeare Theater. Other designs include The Winter’s Tale at California Shakespeare Theater, Thurgood at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, as well as music for Lincoln-Mercury, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Pickle Circus. Mr. Bradman contributed bass work on Madi Das’s 2015 Grammy-nominated album Bhakti Without Borders. As a writer/editor, Mr. Bradman has worked for Rolling Stone, Vibe, Guitar World, and Bass Player. He holds a BS in journalism from Florida A&M University and an MFA in music for visual media from Academy of Art University.

(As of September 2017)


Lauren Halvorsen

Lauren Halvorsen is in her ninth season as Studio’s Associate Literary Director. Her dramaturgy credits here include Doubt, P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, Admissions, Kings, If I Forget, Vietgone, The Wolves, Skeleton Crew, The Father, Three Sisters, The Hard Problem, Hand to God, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, The Wolfe Twins, Belleville, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, The Real Thing, The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Aliens, Bachelorette, The Big Meal, and Time Stands Still. Previously, Lauren spent three seasons as Literary Manager of The Alley Theatre. She was the Artistic Associate of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory for six years and has worked in various artistic capacities for The Kennedy Center, City Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, First Person Arts Festival, and The Wilma Theater. Lauren is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

(As of December 2019)


John Keith Hall

John Keith Hall's DC credits include many productions at Studio Theatre including Bad Jews, Choir Boy, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, Torch Song Trilogy, 4000 Miles, Sucker Punch, In The Red And Brown Water, The History Boys, Adding Machine: A Musical, and The Road To Mecca; Hir, The Nether, and An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Soon, SCKBSTD, and West Side Story at Signature Theatre; Sweeney Todd, Mary Poppins, and The Producers at Olney Theatre Center. Regional credits include several seasons as a Resident Stage Manager at The Barter Theatre in Virginia where he supervised over 40 productions, Shadowland Stages in New York, and Virginia Musical Theatre in Virginia Beach. A graduate of Virginia’s Longwood University, Mr. Hall is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

(As of September 2017)


Manna-Symone Middlebrooks

Manna-Symone Middlebrooks is Studio's Artistic Apprentice this season. Her directing credits include Assistant Director for Studio's productions of Translations, The Wolves, Curve of Departure, and Skeleton Crew; Broken Glass at Theater J; Scarred for Life at American University; and The Ruiners: A Modern Romance at Keegan Theatre. Ms. Middlebrooks holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Literature from American University and is an alumna of The British American Drama Academy.

(As of April 2018)


The output of playwright Dominique Morisseau has finally found a Washington home... it’s high time it occurred.
The Washington Post
Skeleton Crew opens Studio Theatre’s Main Series season with a must-see performance by D.C. native [Caroline Stefanie] Clay in the lead role.
Metro Weekly
a keenly felt, kind-hearted, and sensitively acted drama…
DC Theatre Scene
[a] finely crafted play with its deeply felt cast of four…Directed with perfect pitch by Patricia McGregor
DC Metro Arts

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