American Dreams Shattered in New Work by Pulitzer Winner Lynn Nottage

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Lynn Nottage, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined, has debuted her newest work, Sweat, exploring America's industrial decline, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Co-commissioned with Arena Stage, the play is set to play there next year as part of the 2015-16 season.

A scene from <i>Sweat</i>
A scene from Sweat Photo by Jenny Graham

Performances of Sweat began July 29 and will continue through Oct. 31, directed by longtime collaborator of Nottage's, Kate Whoriskey.

Set in a Pennsylvania town at the turn of the millennium, the characters in Sweat struggle to reclaim what has been lost following the nation's industrial decline. When there is talk of layoffs among a group of factory co-workers and friends, their close bonds begin to shatter. The changes are followed by a horrific crime, which shocks the community.

According to the Festival's notes, Nottage's newest work is a "thought-provoking look at contemporary American life. It explores the effects of recent economic and trade policies and how a close community responds to devastating change."

Critics have begun filing their reviews, including The New York Times and the Ashland Daily.

To purchase tickets to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, visit OSF

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