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.
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.
|Oscar||Deven Alejandro Vera*|
|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|
|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.