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Drama

Sweat

by Lynn Nottage

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Explosive drama: Made in America.

This powerful drama takes us to the forgotten heart of America, where old friends come together at their favorite bar as they struggle to survive a fraying economy. For decades, they’ve shared secrets and laughs on the factory floor, but now layoffs pit them against one another as inequities of race and class fan the flames. Based on the playwright’s extensive research and interviews with real residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline. MacArthur genius and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner Lynn Nottage infuses this searing script with her trademark mix of compassion, humor, and suspense.

Run time: ~2 hr, 30 min with one intermission

Content warning: This production contains strong language and adult content, including themes of racism and racial slurs; descriptions of violence and alcohol/drug use; and sexual references.

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“Director Darnell Pierre Benjamin brought this cast of nine accomplished actors to a place of passion and honesty.” —Rick Pender’s Theatre Stages & Scenes

“ETC’s production of Sweat needs to be seen and will easily stand as one of the best productions of the 2022-2023 season.” —Rob Bucher’s Behind the Curtain

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Cast

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Burgess C. Byrd

Cynthia
Burgess C. Byrd

Ollie Corchado

Oscar
Ollie Corchado

Charlie Cromer

Jason
Charlie Cromer

Denise Dal Vera

Jessie
Denise Dal Vera

Mierka "Mookie" Girten

Tracey
Mierka "Mookie" Girten

Allen R. Middleton

Stan
Allen R. Middleton

"ranney"

Brucie
"ranney"

Derek J. Snow

Evan
Derek J. Snow

Jay Wade

Chris
Jay Wade

Andrea Beasley

Chris u/s
Andrea Beasley

Timothy Belton

Jason u/s
Timothy Belton

Sara Mackie

Tracy & Jessie u/s
Sara Mackie

Caroline Marino

Tracey u/s
Caroline Marino

Patrick Earl Phillips

Jason u/s
Patrick Earl Phillips

Emmy Rice

Jessie u/s
Emmy Rice

Elexis Selmon

Cynthia u/s
Elexis Selmon

Creative team

Lynn Nottage

Playwright
Lynn Nottage

Darnell Pierre Benjamin

Director
Darnell Pierre Benjamin
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Brian c. Mehring

Scenic & Lighting Designer
Brian c. Mehring

Jerrilyn Lanier Duckworth

Costume Designer
Jerrilyn Lanier Duckworth

Matt Callahan

Sound Designer
Matt Callahan

Gina Cerimele-Mechley

Fight Director
Gina Cerimele-Mechley
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Shannon Rae Lutz

Properties Curator & Design Assistant
Shannon Rae Lutz

Erin Carr

Intimacy Choreographer
Erin Carr

Chaslee Schweitzer

Accent Coach
Chaslee Schweitzer

Jack Murphy

Technical Director
Jack Murphy
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Jacob Dowell

Associate Technical Director
Jacob Dowell
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Margot Whitney

Production Stage Manager
Margot Whitney
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Lexi Muller

Assistant Stage Manager
Lexi Muller

Events

ETC Essentials

October 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

As much as we like to believe that our ideas of labor and working conditions in the United States are constantly evolving, we see in Sweat that some things are slow to change. Join us for a conversation on local labor movements and how race, class, gender, and disability continue to shape our working lives.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended.

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Meet the Artists

September 29 & October 6, 2022

Interested in chatting with the artists behind the productions you love? Meet the Artists is a FREE post-show talk-back series on the second and third Thursday evenings for each production on our main stage. Discussion begins shortly after the show ends.

Accessibility

Icons for large print playbills, braille, and audio descriptionAudio-described performance

Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 7:30 pm​

Icons for a hearing aid and ASLASL-interpreted performance

Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Relaxed PerformanceRelaxed performance

Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 2:00 pm​

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Photo credits | Ticket Info, Bryant Bentley, Burgess Byrd, and Leslie Goddard-Baum in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner); Subscriptions, Cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Ticket Discounts, Torie Wiggins in Your Negro Tour Guide. All images by Ryan Kurtz unless otherwise noted.