Sweat poster image. Old factory with large white smokestack.


Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 19, 2019
Lynn Nottage
Directed by: 
Sarah Lacy Hamilton
David Thayer Theatre
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00pm


Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat centers on a group of friends at their go-to bar in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the year 2000, layoffs and lockouts threaten their factory floor jobs, thrusting them into a bitter fight for survival. Produced across the country to critical and popular acclaim, Sweat considers the effects of America’s economic decline and deindustrialization alongside a heart-wrenching examination of friendship, race, class, and trust within this community of family and friends.

This production contains strong, racially charged language, simulated drug and alcohol use, depicted violence, and the sound of gunfire.

Post-Show Discussion

Please join us for a post-show discussion immediately following the performance of Sweat on Sunday, October 13. We will address the issues that emerge in the play and how they present themselves in the Iowa City area. Panelists include Jennifer Sherer, Director of the University of Iowa Labor Center, and Stacey Andersen, an International Representative of United Steelworkers. Led by Morgan Grambo, dramaturg of the production, we hope that this conversation connects Reading, Pennsylvania, to our community by examining economic and labor trends, while investigating where we go from here.


Cast of Sweat.
Role Name
Tracey Keri Eastridge
Stan Michael Francis
Jessie Liat Graf
Cynthia Britny Horton
Evan Octavius Lanier
Brucie Branden Shaw
Jason Benjamin Sulzberger*
Oscar Deven Alejandro Vera*
Chris Steven Willis

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Sweat.
Title Name
Director Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Assistant Director Alexi Bolden*
Scenic Designer Courtney Gaston
Costume Designer Loyce Arthur**
Assistant Costume Designer Emily Pajazetovic*
Lighting Designer Nick Coso
Assistant Lighting Designer Ryan McElroy*
Media Designer Kim Fain
Sound Designer Harry Daley-Young
Makeup Designer Zamora Simmons
Fight Choreographer Jason Tipsword
Intimacy Choreographer Erica Vannon
Dramaturg Morgan Grambo
Stage Manager Alexis Hinman*
Assistant Stage Manager Amy Wickenkamp*

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both graduate and undergraduate students.
**Member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Sweat is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office at 319.335.1160 or 1.800.HANCHER or online at hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hancher Box Office in advance at 319.335.1158.

Production Photos

A scene from SWEAT

A scene from SWEAT

A scene from SWEAT

A scene from SWEAT