Lynn Nottage Is Developing a Companion Piece to Her Play Sweat

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Nottage is currently making her Broadway debut as a playwright.
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Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage has revealed that she is at work on a companion piece to her latest play Sweat, which is now running at Broadway’s Studio 54.

The new play is currently titled Floyd and will be a comedy—unlike the work that currently marks her Broadway debut. Nottage did not comment further on the new play as it is actively in development.

Sweat explores a group of factory workers in Reading, Pennsylvania, who turn against each other over the course of eights years as their livelihoods are put at stake due to downsizing, outsourcing, lock-outs, and more. The play, though first commissioned in 2011 and set primarily in 2008, has been acclaimed as a disturbingly prescient look at the thought processes of dismayed blue-collar workers in the Trump era.

Read: LYNN NOTTAGE'S SWEAT WINS SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE

The play premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015 prior to engagements at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage and Off-Broadway's Public Theater the following year. The Broadway transfer opened officially March 26.

Read: WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE CAST OF SWEAT BROUGHT THE PLAY TO THE CITY THAT INSPIRED IT

Nottage won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Ruined, which concerns the lives and hardships of a group of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her additional plays include Intimate Apparel; its companion piece Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine; and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

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