John Earl Jelks Will Reprise Role in Los Angeles Staging of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-Winning Sweat

Los Angeles News   John Earl Jelks Will Reprise Role in Los Angeles Staging of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-Winning Sweat
Performances will begin August 29 at the Mark Taper Forum under the direction of Lisa Peterson.
John Earl Jelks Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The complete cast has been announced for the Center Theatre Group staging of Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat.

Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Directed by Lisa Peterson, performances will play the Mark Taper Forum August 29–October 7, 2018. Opening night is set for September 5.

The cast includes Kevin T. Carroll, Grantham Coleman, Will Hochman, John Earl Jelks, Mary Mara, Peter Mendoza, Michael O’Keefe, Amy Pietz, and Portia. Jelks also played the role of Brucie in the Broadway production.

Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs, promotions, and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

The production will have set design by Christopher Barreca, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Anne Militello, sound design by Paul James Prendergast, and projection design by Yee Eun Nam. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Sweat was nominated for three 2017 Tony Awards: Best Play and nominations for 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 Nottage the first woman to win the prestigious award twice.


Tickets are available online at, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Los Angeles).

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