Phylicia Rashad will star in the Broadway premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew,” the Manhattan Theatre Club announced Monday.
The play, which will be directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will begin performances Dec. 21 and open Jan. 12 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Additional casting and the creative team for “Skeleton Crew” will be announced at a later date.
A renowned actor and stage director, Rashad returns to Broadway after a Tony Award-winning performance as Lena Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun” and credits including Shelah in “Head of Passes” and Aunt Ester in August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean.”
Manhattan Theatre Club also announced dates for the postponed Broadway production of Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive,” starring Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse. The play has set a first preview date of March 29, 2022 and an opening night on April 19. Mark Brokaw directs the production, produced with Daryl Roth and Cody Lassen in association with the Vineyard Theatre.
As previously announced, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway season will open Sept. 14 with “Lackawanna Blues” written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson. Santiago-Hudson is also the theater company’s artistic advisor.
Off-Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club will present “Prayer for the French Republic,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by David Cromer. Performances at New York City Center begin Jan. 11, 2022 ahead of an opening night Feb. 1.
“Golden Shield,” written by Anchuli Felicia King and directed by Obie Award winner Danya Taymor, will begin performances April 26, 2022, with an opening night May 17.