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cession, how come these peo- ple are still unemployed? How come they haven’t gotten their jobs back?” Skeleton Crew is the third play in a trilogy by Morisseau called The Detroit Project. An ode to her hometown, the tril- ogy includes Detroit ‘67, which takes place during the race ri- ots of 1967, Paradise Blue, set in a small jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood, and Skeleton Crew. One of the most celebrated playwrights of the day, she is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner, Steinberg Playwright Award Winner, and recipient of the Edward M. Ken- nedy Prize for Drama. She’s also frequently compared to leg- endary playwrights like August Wilson and Arthur Miller, good company for any writer. Wooten says he can see why people reference her work with those playwrights, noting NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 25