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As the auto-industry changes in Detroit, four auto-factory coworkers have formed an unbreakable bond in the break room. But as rumors of the factory’s closure and the recession loom, tensions rise, and alliances are questioned. With a powerful cast and sharp writing, this play takes a deep dive into the complexities of factory work in America. Don’t miss this intimate exploration of the lives of four workers as they struggle to survive in an economy that seems to have left them behind.

DETAILS:

  • Runtime: 2 hours, 1 intermission

  • Content: Recommended for ages 12+
  • Tickets: $48
  • Talkbacks: March 7 & 14

  • Thursday, February 29, 7:30 pm
  • Friday, March 1, 8 pm
  • Saturday, March 2, 8 pm
  • Sunday, March 3, 2 pm
  • Thursday, March 7, 7:30 pm
  • Friday, March 8, 8 pm
  • Saturday, March 9, 8 pm
  • Sunday, March 10, 2 pm
  • Thursday, March 14, 7:30 pm
  • Friday, March 15, 8 pm
  • Saturday, March 16, 8 pm
  • Sunday, March 17, 2 pm

All tickets: $48

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  • Raymond O. Caldwell (he/him) – Director
  • Jesse Charles (he/him) – Sound Designer
  • Mary McMullens (she/her) – Costume Designer
  • Lonelle Yoder (she/her) – Props Designer
  • Isaac Ramsey (he/him) – Scenic Design
  • Kelsey Gallagher (she/her) – Lighting Design
  • Dr. Aviva Neff (she/her) – Intimacy Director
  • Hannah Hahn (she/her) – Stage Manager
  • Skyler Kyser (she/her) – Assistant Stage Manager
Join us immediately following select performances for the chance to learn more about how the production was made, meet some of the cast, and share their insights after viewing the story.

Talkback Dates:

  • Thursday, March 7
  • Thursday, March 14

A 2022 New York Times Critic’s Pick

THIS SHOW IS FOR YOU IF…

  • If you loved seeing workplace drama brought to life on The Contemporary stage with 9 To 5 The Musical last season, give a different type of work a try with Skeleton Crew!

  • If you love a peek inside the work environment, the relationships that develop, the challenges that are faced, and the strength of found family (like in shows such as Abbot Elementary, Ted Lasso, A League of Their Own, and Superstore) then Skeleton Crew is for you!
FREE FILM SCREENING

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

When: Thursday, February 22, 2024

  • 6:30 pm – Gathering with cash bar
  • 7:00 pm – Film Screening
  • 7:45 pm – Panel Discussion with Q & A
  • 8:15 pm – Evening Ends

Where: Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse

The 2009 Academy Award nominated, Ohio-made documentary The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar follows the closure of the Moraine Assembly plant, a General Motors automobile factory in Moraine, Ohio.

This film screening is the perfect complement to the play, as it focuses on the relationships and emotions of the workers affected by the impending plant closure. Both the film and the play shine a light on the importance of labor to Ohio. Each will promote and make space for conversations on this important topic.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP via this form.

   MEET THE CAST   

Reggie

Alan Tyson

Shanita

Clarissa Rai

Dez

Rico Parker

Faye

Wilma Hatton

Reggie

Alan Tyson

Alan Tyson [he/him] (REGGIE) is thrilled to share this wonderful stage with this beautiful cast and crew. He wants to thank his loving God, because without Him none of this would be possible, his amazing friends, and his loving and supportive family. His most recent acting credits include Charity/Business Man in A Christmas Carol with Short North Stage & CAPA, Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun with Actors Theatre of Columbus, Eddie in …but you could’ve held my hand by Jucoby Johnson with The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio, Gary (Cover) in Slave Play with Short North Stage, Frank Thorney in Witch by Jen Silverman with Available Light Theatre Company and King in August Wilson’s King Hedley II with Actors Theatre of Columbus. He is so grateful to The Contemporary for allowing him to be able to create in this beautiful world and he thanks all involved for this opportunity. Remember to live your life, love yourself and others, and laugh like no one is watching – one day at a time!

All socials: @AlanELTyson / Website: www.Alan-Tyson.com

 

 

Shanita

Clarissa Rai

Clarissa Rai [she/her] (SHANITA) Tantrum Theater: Hotel Berry (Ada Woodson). Vibrancy Theater: Yerma (Girl 2/ Yerma u/s perf.), Absentia (Diana). Ohio University Theater: Medea (Medea), Everybody (Usher/God/Understanding). The Black Theatrical Ensemble: A Raisin in the Sun (Beneatha). Clarissa is a 3rd Year MFA in the Professional Actor’s Training Program at Ohio University. She’s excited for her debut at The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio.

Dez

Rico Parker

Rico Romalus Parker [he/him] (DEZ) is excited to return to The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio stage! Proud member of Actor’s Equity, he was born and raised in Dayton, OH. Favorite theatre credits include Reindeer Sessions, Barbecue, TopDog/Underdog, Belleville, Colossal, The Brothers Size, Gem of the Ocean, Blue Orange, King Hedley II, A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Stagger Lee, Every Tongue Confess, Passing Strange, and The Exonerated. He will be making his film debut as Evan in HBO Max’s Turtles All the Way Down.

Faye

Wilma Hatton

Wilma Hatton [she/her] (FAYE) has been part of the Columbus theatre community for over twenty-five years. She has performed in productions such as Company and Curtains! with Gallery Players, Hairspray with Weathervane Playhouse, How We Got On as well as several productions with Available Light Theater, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with Short North Stage.   She was seen in School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play with The Contemporary Theater of Ohio, and King Hedley II with Actors’ Theatre of Columbus.  She was also seen in Julie Whitney Scott’s Snowville Cafe.  Wilma has done several commercials, short films, and stage readings.  She is more than delighted to be performing as Faye in this production of Skeleton Crew. Thank you to God, my family, coworkers, and everyone for their support!!

SEASON SUPPORT

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Larry & Donna James