Hickory – It is 2008, the height of the Great Recession and the auto industry is devastated. While CEOs and corporate boards attempt to keep their companies afloat, workers down on the line in Detroit wonder how much longer they’ll be able to put food on the table.Skeleton Crew

That’s the setting for Skeleton Crew, the play by Dominique Morriseau the next play in the Hickory Community Theatre’s 72nd season. Performances begin this Thursday at 7:30 pm and continue through Sunday, May 23rd.

The entire play takes place in the break room at an auto-pressing factory in Detroit. The story involves Faye, who’s been working at the plant for 29 years; Shanita, who’s expecting a baby soon; Dez, who has dreams of opening his own garage; and foreman Reggie, who is struggling with balancing his management role with his loyalty to his coworkers.

Performances of Skeleton Crew are Thursdays through Saturdays, May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm and Sundays, May 16 & 23 at 2:30 pm in the Jeffers Theatre.

Tickets for all seats are $18 per person and may be purchased online at hickorytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 828-328-2283 between 12 pm and 5 pm, Wed–Fri. Seating is limited in compliance with the governor’s executive order, so advance purchase is strongly recommended. Per the executive order, patrons must wear face coverings at all times while in the building.

Skeleton Crew is produced by The United Arts Council of Catawba County. A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive, the City of Hickory, Sunbelt Xpress, and Dr. George Clay, DDS are the sponsors of the 2020–2021 Season. The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Photo: Donovan Harper as Dez in Skeleton Crew, opening this Thursday at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances run through May 23 in the Jeffers Theatre. For tickets and information visit hickorytheatre.org or call 828-328-2283. Photo by Eric Seale.