Forward Theater is debuting its 10th anniversary season with the Wisconsin premier of Skeleton Crew, written by award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau. The play will run at the Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison, from Sept. 6 to 23.
The timely play follows a family of workers during the Great Recession who are on the brink of losing their jobs at one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit. Their foreman must make a difficult decision between his team and his career in a story that blurs the lines between blue-collar and white-collar.
Skeleton Crew takes place in Morisseau’s hometown of Detroit, but Director Jake Penner notes the narrative fits with Madison as well.
“This play is distinctly Detroit,” stated Penner in a press release. “But the parallels to the Madison factory community and the characters with this play make it distinctly ‘Forward Theater’ as well. There’s a reason this play is being produced all across the country right now, and I’m excited that we get to present it to our audiences.”
The production features a Milwaukee cast comprised of Marti Gobel, DiMonte Henning, Candace Thomas and Sherrick Robinson.
Forward Theater is also partnering with the Wisconsin Historical Society to install a photo gallery that explores the lives of the families affected by the Oscar Meyer plant’s closing. The date for the installation has not yet been announced.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting forwardtheater.com, in person at the Overture Center’s ticket office, 201 State St., Madison, or by calling 608-258-4141. Previews will be held on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the preview is $20 for general admission and $10 for high school students, college students and educators. On Thursdays and Sundays, tickets range from $38 to $43 for general admission and $33 to $39 for seniors ages 62 and older. On Fridays and Saturdays, tickets range from $40 to $47 and $35 to $41 for seniors ages 62 and older. Student Rush tickets are available to high school and college students for $15 each and are available one hour prior to each performance. Free pre-show talks will be held on the Rotunda Stage one hour before the curtain time prior to all Thursday and Sunday performances.