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Create meaningful experiences for tour students through the Alley's Mainstage Access Program.
Creating MAP’s for Essential Contemporary Dialogues

This Alley's Mainstage Access Program is designed to create Map’s into Essential Contemporary Considerations. This program is for the bold teachers and their students who want to:
-Challenge their current events understanding 
-Create Teen-citizens capable of empathetic understanding  and multiple points of view
-Explore and embrace fundamental questions with which we all wrestle. 
Skeleton Crew

Our Premiere MAP Production

Skeleton Crew

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Taibi Magar
Neuhaus Theatre
October 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Tickets are $12.50 each

2008. The start of the Great Recession. In the breakroom of one of Detroit’s last auto stamping plants, a makeshift family of co-workers swaps stories, shares dreams, and takes pride in their work. When confronted with the life-altering choices they must face if the factory closes, dynamics shift and each is pushed to the limits of survival. Loyalties are tested and boundaries are crossed in this “deeply American play” (The New York Times).

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Our First Production: SKELETON CREW

2008. The start of the Great Recession. In the breakroom of one of Detroit’s last auto stamping plants, a makeshift family of co-workers swaps stories, shares dreams, and takes pride in their work. When confronted with the life-altering choices they must face if the factory closes, dynamics shift and each is pushed to the limits of survival. Loyalties are tested and boundaries are crossed in this “deeply American play” (The New York Times).

Treat your students to an experience they will never forget and spark productive In-depth classroom conversations about race, identity, social justice, contemporary American history and economics’ . . . what makes a patriot these days . . . and the current health of the American Dream.

These expansive themes play out on an intimate canvas: Skeleton Crew follows four characters in a small factory, rather than one of the Big Three automakers. And while African-American playwright, Dominique Morisseau offers insight into the factory’s operations, the play unfolds in the breakroom, a fluorescent-lit way station between the precision of the line and the uncertainty of the future.

The often poetic banter, riffs, and confrontations in Skeleton Crew are a powerful currency, helping your students pose urgent questions and reveal startling truths as the factory's foursome negotiate the line between compliance and defiance. "
– Excerpted from a note from the Studio Theatre dramaturg, read it here.

Explore more about this opportunity for your students  

HOW MAP WORKS

On-Site or In-School ‘play specific’ workshops as well as Production Center and/or Backstage tours designed specifically with your students and educational goals in mind.

The Alley ECE invites you to collaborate with us to craft individualized pre and/or post show workshops that enhance your learning objectives through exploring the themes of the play.  Skeleton Crew connects with a multitude of classroom TEKS and taps into themes of social justice relevant to today’s most pressing current events.

Skeleton Crew is a crossroads of many themes:

  • The American Dream
  • Power/Status/Centrality of Class
  • Masculinity/Femininity/Sexism
  • Race/Privilege
  • Social Justice/Oppression
  • “A Cog in a Machine”
  • Worker’s Rights/Unions/The Greater Good
  • Sacrifice/Loyalty
  • Economic Desperation
  • Pride/Ownership
Cost is dependent on the number of students and the length of workshop. Title 1 schools receive a considerable discount.

ONCE YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR MATINEE WITH GROUP SALES . . .

  1.  Alley ECE Staff schedules an individual meeting with each classroom teacher to determine which TEKS to explore.
  2. Alley ECE Staff then creates a specific workshop curriculum that meets your educational goals.
  3. Workshops will be implemented by professional Alley ECE Teaching Artists at the school or onsite at the Alley.
  4. Alley Backstage and/or Production Center tours that highlight the technical aspects of theatre will help create engagement can be added to your package for a nominal fee.

In addition to workshops, a FREE on-line interactive Skeleton Crew Alley Resourced Guide will give you further context and aligns with Texas learning standards. It will be available 3 weeks before the student matinee. It provides:

  • Powerful entry points that invite students to dialogue about the various themes of the play.  
  • Classroom activities to engross your students in the themes of the play.
  • Dramaturgical information to help students better understand the world of the play and its characters.
  • Current event correlations to expand their viewing of the play into real world experiences.

Finally the MAP program will offer powerful dialogue opportunities. Enjoy a pre and/or post show talk with Alley ECE educators, Alley Artistic Staff, Cast and Crew to enhance the viewing of live theatre.  Through these discussions we will engage students and educators to make real world connections to the universal themes represented in the play, and how these themes effect the students, their communities and the world.

SNEAK PEAK OF CLASSROOM ENTRY POINTS

Teacher Objective: Develop Critical Thinking Skills by Examination of a Critical Moment in Skeleton Crew
Student Goal: Understand a Critical Moment in Skeleton Crew and Define the Truth and Message Revealed In This Snippet of Dialogue

REGGIE:  I’m sick of walking that line.

FAYE:  What line?

REGGIE:  Line that say I’m over here and you over there and even though we started with the same dirt on our shoes....I’m supposed to pretend like you ain’t more than an employee ID number. Like I don’t know what happens out there when you leave these plant grounds. Why every man feels the need to arm himself before he walks into the grocery store or drops his kids off at school. Like I don’t know the fear that’s come over all of us lately. Walk around with your manhood on the line cuz you never know who’s gonna try to take it from you. Cuz you never know when you’re gonna be the next one out there, desperate and needin’ to feed your family by any means necessary. I know Dez well, Faye. I look him in the eye and he scares the shit outta me. Cuz that invisible line between us.... it’s thin as hell. FAYE We all walk that line. Any moment any one of us could be the other. That’s just the shit about life. One minute you passin’ the woman on the freeway holdin’ up the “will work for food “sign. Next minute, you sleepin’ in your car, damn near...

STEP 1: Divide students into pairs and read the dialogue.

STEP 2: Have students report out to the whole class what ideas they believe are being revealed through this passage in the play.  List them on the board.

STEP 3: Brainstorm where they see “lines” in their own lives. 

STEP 4: Encourage the class to imagine ways to break through the lines they see in their own lives, families and communities.

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Houston, Texas 77002

713.315.3346 | groupsales@alleytheatre.org