Three 2017 Tony Award Nominations:
Best Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Michelle Wilson, Johanna Day).
A Look Inside Working Class America:
Sweat is stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.
From the Producers:
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.
A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Exploration of Economics and Community:
Author Lynn Nottage began working on Sweat in 2011 by interviewing residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, which at the time was, according to the United States Census Bureau, officially one of the poorest cities in America, with a poverty rate of over 40%. Nottage was influenced by a New York Times article reporting on the city, as well as the Occupy Wall Street movement. She particularly examined the loss of heavy industry and a changing ethnic composition and has compared her time talking to steelworkers in Reading with the occasion she stayed in the town of Mansfield in the English Midlands during the 1984 miners’ strike. Sweat was first performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015 before playing at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. After starting previews in October 2016, the play opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater and ran through December 2016. The Broadway production began previews at Studio 54 in early March 2017, officially opening on March 26. Sweat was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Nottage makes history as the first female playwright to win the prestigious award twice, having won previously for Ruined in 2009.
New York Times: “Bracingly topical…and features a sturdy nine-member ensemble.”
Entertainment Weekly: “Compelling…a fascinating study of class and opportunity, or lack thereof.”
Time Out New York: “Nottage’s passionate and necessary drama is a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us.”
Variety: “Mercilessly realistic…[with] solid character work and stretches of realistic dialogue…credit the writer for giving many forgotten Americans a voice.”