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Now showing, Closes 17 Sep 2017
Perfectly written! Sweat is Lynn Nottage's best work
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Following its sell-out run at the Public Theater, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined) sees her acclaimed drama about the decline of industry transfer to Broadway's Studio 54. A searing portrayal of a group of friends pitted against each other in order to save their jobs amidst cutbacks, Nottage's work has been described by critics as incredibly timely for the state of employment in America. Sweat follows up from Nottage's last Off-Broadway show By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, which won two Lucille Lortel Awards in 2012.
Part murder mystery, part human drama, Sweat is set against a backdrop of a rapidly changing America, flashing backwards and forwards over the course of eight years as it traces the socio-economic woes of a group of factory workers whose community is shaken by a brutal crime.
America at the start of 2000 is a landscape of industrial decay, with lay-offs and factory closures decimating working class communities across the country. It's a desperate situation which spurs on reckless actions, and two friends, Jason and Chris, are sent to jail for taking part in a violent crime. Eight years later they're released, and find their old hometown to be a very different place. The pair head to a local bar where they meet up with friends and family, and as they all discuss the economic woes of their hometown, the real story of Jason and Chris's crimes is revealed.
Sweat was co-commissioned by both DC's Arena Stage and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, debuting in Oregon in 2015. It was originally directed by Kate Whoriskey, who aided Nottage in interviewing many inhabitants of Pennsylvania and Reading in the course of researching the play, and who returns to direct this New York staging.
Previews from: 4 March 2017
Opening night: 26 March 2017
Booking through until: 17 September 2017
Suitable for ages 14+
Two hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission
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