Broadway’s Sweat Announces Closing

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage will play its final performance June 25.
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The company of Sweat Joan Marcus

The Broadway production of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat will play its final performance at Studio 54 June 25 after 24 previews and 105 regular performances.

The Tony-nominated play and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama began previews on Broadway March 4 ahead of an official opening March 26.

Sweat was nominated for three 2017 Tony Awards: Best Play, and two nods to Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play. While the production didn’t take home any Tony Awards, it was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making the first woman to win the prestigious award twice.

“Lynn Nottage’s play is an electrifying look at our country told with passion and humor, and we are so very proud to have given Lynn her much-deserved Broadway debut. We thank our brilliant director Kate Whoriskey and our incredible cast for bringing Lynn’s prescient play so vividly to life at Studio 54," producers Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund said in a statement.

The play, which is centered in Reading PA, will travel to the town where it is set as part of This Is Reading, site-specific multimedia installation blending live performance and visual media which will occupy the historic Franklin Street Railroad Station in Downtown Reading from July 14-16 and July 21-23.

Nottage’s Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor in Reading, Pennsylvania. When rumors of layoffs begin to stir, rifts form, chipping away at their trust and pitting them against each other.

HOW SWEAT BECAME AN AWARD-WINNING PLAY

Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the production played an acclaimed and sold-out Off-Broadway engagement at The Public Theater last year before transferring to Studio 54 earlier this spring.

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