October 23, 2018 - November 25, 2018
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
SEARING. BOLD. COULDN'T BE MORE OF THE MOMENT. HAUNTS YOU ON THE WAY OUT OF THE THEATER AND ALL THE WAY HOME.
- THE BALTIMORE SUN
LEAVES [YOU] STUNNED... FRIGHTENINGLY CREDIBLE. YOU SIMPLY CANNOT WALK AWAY INDIFFERENT TO THE FATE OF THESE CHARACTERS.
5 OUT OF 5 STARS. IMPOSSIBLE TO LOOK AWAY FROM. [A] FAR-REACHING, EMOTIONALLY RUTHLESS DRAMA.
- DC THEATRE SCENE
POWERFUL THEATRE. EMOTIONALLY PACKED. DURING THE ELECTION SEASON, IT'S A GOOD TIME TO SEE THIS WORK.
Having grown up side-by-side in small-town working-class America, best friends Tracey and Cynthia went from fun-loving schoolchildren to saloon-loving adults who work together on a steel manufacturing line. In a tight-knit community like this one, however, it takes but one fracture in its core for the breaking point of friendship to be seismically tested. Inspired by field research and first-person testimonials collected in Reading, PA, Lynn Nottage’s unflinching, intensely researched, and Pulitzer-winning slice-of-life drama, Sweat, captures the pressure cooker of NAFTA-inflicted trying times—where a lethal combination of layoffs, lockouts, and picket lines sends the Rust Belt way of life into crisis.