True Colors Theatre Company’s first production of 2019 is a timely one. Skeleton Crew, written by Dominique Morisseau, examines how government and the economy affects hardworking families from the perspective of characters living in Detroit.
Auto plant workers Faye, Shanita, Dez and Reggie face harsh realities and hard decisions when the future of their employment becomes uncertain. The play mirrors the experience of many Americans today, and those who struggled through the Great Recession of the 2000s.
The characters are played by Tonia Jackson (Faye), Enoch King (Reggie), Anthony Campbell (Dez) and Asia Howard (Shanita). Jackson, King and Campbell have appeared in True Colors’ productions in the past. Skeleton Crew marks Howard’s debut with the company.
True Colors’ production of Skeleton Crew is directed by Jamil Jude, a highly accomplished theatre veteran. It was announced late last year that he would succeed Kenny Leon, True Colors’ founder, as artistic director starting in the 2019-2020 season.
Skeleton Crew opens February 12 and runs until March 10 at Southwest Arts Center (915 New Hope Road) in South Fulton. Several dates include bonus performances and opportunities to engage the cast. On opening night, there will be a Soul Food Cypher before the show featuring a live performance of freestyle rhyme and wordplay. Before the February 14 show, Orchestra Noir will perform a classical jazz set in the lobby. On February 24, the cast will participate in a Q&A and on February 27 they will offer a deep dive into their creative process.
Every Wednesday during the show’s run, ticket holders with valid identification can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.
Tickets are available online at www.truecolorstheatre.org and by phone at 888-479-6300.
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