By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Gary Brame
General Admission: $15
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PLEASE NOTE: Friday, April 17 Opening Night date is a Pay What You Can performance.
2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama.
Sweat examines the lives of working-class Americans in the early 2000s and shows how periods of economic downfall and poverty can affect the dynamics between friends, family, and community.
Set in Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat follows a group of friends who work in the same factory. When Cynthia, an African-American woman, gets a promotion over her white American friend Tracy, the play begins to show how even the closest of friendships can be ripped apart when money is involved. The main setting, the local tavern, invites the audience in by presenting a welcoming atmosphere, friendly banter, and birthday parties that give the play a familiar feel, yet the play becomes a microcosm of today's issues of poverty, race, and discrimination. Nottage shows how the deindustrialization of a town can leave its population angry and empty.
Set in 2008, the powerful crux of this play is knowing the fate of the characters long before its even in their sights. Based on Nottage's extensive research and interviews with real residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America's economic decline.
"FROM THE FIRST MOMENTS TO THE LAST, this compassionate but clear-eyed play throbs with heartfelt life, with characters as complicated as any you will encounter at the theater today, and with a nifty ticking time bomb of a plot. That the people onstage are middle-class or lower-middle-class folks - too rarely given ample time on American stages - makes the play all the more vital a contribution to contemporary drama... If I had pompoms, I'd be waving them now." - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times