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.
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.
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.