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by Lynn Nottage

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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. It’s explosive drama, made in America.

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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Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage


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

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.