Midwest Premiere

At the start of the Great Recession, rumors of impending closure surround one of the last auto plants in Detroit. The nation’s financial crisis gets personal as each of the workers confronts the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under, while the supervisor is torn between allegiances to his makeshift family of co-workers and management’s “cost-saving” demands. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?

The third play in Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit trilogy, Skeleton Crew was named one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best Shows of the Year.

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

“Squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller! A deeply moral and deeply American play.” 

- The New York Times

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Cast

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Bernard Gilbert

Dez

Bernard makes his Northlight debut. His other theatre credits include The Royale (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; and City Theatre, Pittsburgh), the world premiere of Man in the Ring(Court), Letters Home (Griffin Theatre), and Our Lady of 121st Street (Eclipse Theatre). Bernard is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul.

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Kelvin Roston Jr.

Reggie

Kelvin is pleased to return to Northlight where he was last seen as Sly in Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67.  Kelvin most recently played Four-eyed Moe in Court’s Five Guys Named Moe. Chicago credits: Congo Square, Court, Paramount, Marriott, Goodman, ITC, Eta, Writers, Black Ensemble, Timeline, Northlight, and Steppenwolf. Regional: The Black Rep, Fulton, New Theatre Restaurant, MSMT, and Baltimore Center Stage. International: Orb, Festival Hall. TV: Chicago Med, Chicago PD, KFC, and Instant Care.  Film: Get a Job, Princess Cyd, and Breathing Room. He is a 4 time Jeff Award nominee, Jeff winner (Best Ensemble, East Texas Hotlinks, Writers), 3 time BTA Award winner, and 2 time Black Excellence Award winner. He wrote and performed the play Twisted Melodies for which he won the Light in the Darkness Public Education Award from NAMI. Kelvin is an Artistic Associate of Congo Square, a proud member of AEA, and represented by Paonessa Talent.

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Jacqueline Williams

Faye

Chicago credits include The House That Will Not Stand (Jeff Award Recipient- Victory Gardens), The Gospel Of Lovingkindness, Waiting To Be Invited, Colored Museum, Shoes. Chicago: Gem of the Ocean, The Good Book, Electra (title role), Caroline or Change, Fences, Man In The Ring (Court ); Stop. Reset, Pullman Porter Blues, Camino Real, Trinity River Plays, Blues For An Alabama Sky, Amen Corner (Goodman); The Christians, Airline Highway, Head of Passes, Hot L Baltimore, Brother Sister Plays, No Place Like Home (Steppenwolf); Gee’s Bend, The Miser (Northlight Theatre); Yellowman, Fabulation (Next); Maya’s Last Poem (as Maya Angelou), Going to St. Ives, Having Our Say (Fleetwood-Jourdain). National tours: Crowns, Born In the RSA (Market Theatre of Johannesburg). Broadway: Young Man From Atlanta. Off-Broadway: From The Mississippi Delta (co-produced by Oprah Winfrey), Mill Fire, Talented Tenth. Regional: La Jolla, ACT Seattle, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Huntington Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Portland Stage Co. Film/TV: Heartlock, The Break Up, The Lake House, Hardball, “Turks,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Fire,” “Empire,” “Chicago Code,” “Prison Break.” Awards/Nominations: Jeff, Helen Hayes, BTAA, Lunt-Fontanne (Shakespeare) Fellow, 3Arts, American Arts Council, Drama Desk, Sarah Siddons, Excellence in the Arts, After Dark, others.

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AnJi White

Shanita

AnJi makes her Northlight debut. Chicago credits include Monticello (Aurora Works Theatre); Great & Terrible Wizard of Oz (House);  The Last WifeSunset Baby (Timeline); The Project(s), Rent (ATC);  Fabulationor the Re-education of Undine (Pulse Theatre); Forgotten Future Remount (Collaboraction Theatre); Mud, River, Stone (Eclipse Theatre); Ithaka (Infusion Theatre) and Soul Samarai (Infusion Theatre). TV & Film credits: Chicago PD, Empire, Home for the Weekend (Pilot), and Hope Springs Eternal. Represented by Paonessa Talent, AnJi has received 3 BTAA nominations, 1 Jeff nomination and received the BTAA for Best Actress for Timeline’s Sunset Baby. She first gives much praise and honor to her redeemer God Almighty. She extends gratitude to her Mom & Dad, family, Dominique Morisseau, Ron and the cast & crew of Skeleton Crew.

Production Team

Dominique Morisseau

Playwright

A writer and actress, Morisseau is an alumna of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theatre; Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre), Sunset Baby (Labyrinth – NYC; Gate – London), and Follow Me to Nellie’s (O’Neill; Premiere Stages).  Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (Fire This Time Festival), Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF), Socks, Roses Are Played Out, and Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH), love.lies.liberation (New Group), Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival), and The Masterpiece (Harlem9/HSA).  Dominique is currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit titled The Detroit ProjectsDetroit ’67 is the first of the series. The second play in the series, Paradise Blue, was developed and/or read with Voice and Vision, the Hansberry Project at ACT, New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theatre, Williamtown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater.  Dominique’s work has also been published in the NY Times bestseller Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and in the Harlem-based literary journal Signifyin’ Harlem.  She is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, a runner-up for the Princess Grace Award, a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep, a commendation honoree for the Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, winner of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award and the Weissberger Award for Playwriting, the U of M – Detroit Center Emerging Leader Award, and a PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow.  She is an artist that believes wholeheartedly in the power and strength of community.

Ron OJ Parson

Director

Ron is a native of Buffalo, New York and a graduate of the University of Michigan’s professional theatre program. He is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Onyx Theatre Ensemble of Chicago, and a co-founder and co-director of Ripe Mango Productions. Ron currently resides in Chicago and is a Resident Artist at the Court Theatre. Since moving to Chicago from New York in 1994, he has worked as both actor and director. Chicago theatres Ron has worked with include The Chicago Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Northlight, Court, Black Ensemble, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Writers, Congo Square, and Urban Theatre Company. Regional theatres include Virginia Stage, Portland Stage, Studio Arena, Studio, Roundabout, Wilshire, Mechanic, Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, St. Louis Black Rep, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Alliance, Signature, and Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada. An accomplished actor, TV and film credits include ER, Early Edition, Turks, American PlayhouseVampingAliBarbershop 2Primal FearDrop Squad, and most recently, Starz Network’s Boss. Ron is a proud member of AFTRA, SAG, AEA, and SDC.

Scott Davis

Set Design

Samantha C Jones

Costume Design

is thrilled to make her Northlight debut with this timely production. A Chicago based designer, her work has been seen at Court, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Chicago Children’s Theatre, TimeLine, American Blues Theatre, Victory Gardens, Writers, Jackalope Theatre, Next, Congo Square Theatre and others. Regionally, she has worked with Triad Stage (Greensboro, NC), Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Players (Door County, WI), and more. Recently, her work was seen in Court’s production of The Belle of Amherst and can be seen currently in TimeLine’s Boy. Upcoming productions include Victory Garden’s Breach and Court’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

Keith Parham

Lighting Design

Northlight Theatre: Bad Dates, Gee’s Bend, Po Boy Tango, Awake and Sing!. Broadway: Therese Raquin (Roundabout Theatre Company). Off-Broadway: Man from Nebraska (2econd Stage Theatre); The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois, Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic Theater Company); The Model Apartment (Primary Stages); Tribes, Mistakes Were Made, and Red Light Winter (Barrow Street Theatre); Stop the Virgens (Karen O at St. Ann’s Warehouse/Sydney Opera House); Ivanov, Three Sisters (CSC); A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center Theatre); Adding Machine A Musical (Minetta Lane). International: Homebody/Kabul (National Theatre of Belgrade, Serbia). Awards: Obie, Lortel.

Ray Nardelli

Sound Design

Previous Northlight credits include Shining Lives: A MusicalGee’s BendAt Wit’s EndThe Last Five Years. Off Broadway credits include Lookingglass Alice at The New Victory Theatre. Regional theatres include Goodman, Steppenwolf, McCarter, Long Wharf, Milwaukee Rep, Court, Hartford Stage, Congo Square, The Alley, American Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, Meadow Brooke, Northwestern, Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare, Shakespeare On The Green,  Oak Park Festival,  American Girl Theatre (New York, Chicago),  Skylight Opera and Wright State University Theatre. He has recorded, mixed and produced cast albums for eight musicals and over 400 film, TV, DVD and computer game credits worldwide. He has been nominated nine times for a Jeff Award and won four times. His memberships include USA #829, ASCAP and IATSE #2.

Rita Vreeland

Stage Manager

Rita is proud to be starting her 11th season at Northlight, where she has been fortunate to be the stage manager for 27 productions as well as two trips to Galway. Recent credits elsewhere in the Chicagoland area include productions at Theatre at the Center (Munster, IN), Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre Company, Goodman, and the annual Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to four-year-old Charlie, and has been a member of Actors’ Equity for over 15 years. Thank you for supporting live theatre!

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