“Sweat” Written by Lynn Nottage Directed by Lisa Peterson Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Sweat” tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “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, promotions 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.
The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Kevin T. Carroll, Grantham Coleman, Will Hochman, John Earl Jelks, Mary Mara, Peter Mendoza, Michael O’Keefe, Amy Pietz and Portia.
In his review of the Off-Broadway production for The New York Times, Charles Isherwood called “Sweat,” “Keenly observed and often surprisingly funny,” adding that “Ms. Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winner for ‘Ruined,’ is writing at the peak of her powers.” Deadline’s Jeremy Girard called the play “ferociously engrossing” stating, “no play in recent memory has shed more light on the crises and tribulations of America’s great retrenched working middle class.”
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Nottage’s play “Ruined” received an Obie, the Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Her other plays include “Intimate Apparel” (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play), “Fabulation or, The Re-Education Of Undine” (Obie Award), “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” “Las Meninas,” “Mud, River, Stone,” “Por’knockers” and “Poof!” Nottage’s numerous awards include the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama and the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer.
Previews begin August 29. Opens September 5. Through October 7, 2018.
Previews (August 29 – September 4): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, September 5 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (September 6 – October 7):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. ( No 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, September 30.)
August 29 (Wednesday) - October 7 (Sunday)
Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Avenue
Center Theatre Group
Ticket Prices: $30 – $99 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Individual tickets go on sale in July and will be available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles).
For season tickets, call the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444 or visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Taper. Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.