About the Play: Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT centers on a group of friends at their go-to bar in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the year 2000, layoffs and lockouts threaten their factory floor jobs, thrusting them into a bitter fight for survival. Produced across the country to critical and popular acclaim, SWEAT considers the effects of America’s economic decline and deindustrialization alongside a heart-wrenching examination of friendship, race, class, and trust within this community of family and friends.
Co-commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle and Arena Stage. World premiere produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This production of SWEAT was first presented in New York by The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director). Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson and Louise L. Gund.
WARNING: This production contains violence, alcohol abuse, and racial slurs. There will also be live smoking of herbal cigarettes on stage.
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