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October 18 - December 18

Sweat contains the use of herbal cigarettes.

Martinson Theater

Member tickets:
October 18 - November 2: $45
November 4 - November 27: $60
November 28 - December 18: $70

Non-Member tickets: starts at $95 + fees

Running Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes plus a 15 minute intermission.

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“SUPERB! LYNN NOTTAGE is writing at THE PEAK OF HER POWERS” – The New York Times

This season, The Public presents the New York premiere of SWEAT, the “extraordinarily moving drama” (The New York Times) by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage.

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 line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.

Kate Whoriskey (Ruined) directs this stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.

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Top (from left): Carlo Albán, Lance Coadie Williams, James Colby, Johanna Day, Khris Davis
Bottom (from left): John Earl Jelks, Will Pullen, Miriam Shor, Michelle Wilson 

SWEAT was commissioned and originally produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. Additional programming around SWEAT was made possible through the support of a grant from The Pluribus Project Narrative Collaboratory.

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New York Premiere
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
Featuring Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen (Jason), Miriam Shor (Jessie), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), and Michelle Wilson (Cynthia).

Scenic Design John Lee Beatty
Costume Design Jennifer Moeller
Lighting Design Peter Kaczorowski
Original Music and Sound Design Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen
Projection Design Jeff Sugg