Sweat Opens on Broadway

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The award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage opens at Studio 54 March 4.
The company of Sweat Joan Marcus

The Broadway transfer of Lynn Nottage’s award-winning new play Sweat opens March 26. The production, directed by Kate Whoriskey, played an acclaimed and sold-out Off-Broadway engagement before transferring to Studio 54, where it began previews March 4.

Lynn Nottage and Kate Whoriskey
Lynn Nottage Marc J. Franklin

Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor. When rumors of layoffs begin to stir, rifts form, chipping away at their trust and pitting them against each other. The play marks the Broadway playwriting debut for Nottage, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined.

Returning from the Off-Broadway staging are Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen (Jason), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), and Michelle Wilson (Cynthia). Alison Wright is new to the company in the role of Jessie.

Sweat was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and D.C.’s Arena Stage. The play received its world premiere at OSF in July 2015 and subsequently played an acclaimed run at Arena Stage in January 2016. The Public Theater engagement, which began in November 2016, was extended three times.


The creative team is made up of scenic designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer Jennifer Moeller, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski, and projection designer Jeff Sugg. Original music and sound design are by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Sweat is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund.

Tickets, priced $59-$149, are available via Telecharge.com, by calling (212)239-6200, or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Each day beginning at 10 AM, a limited amount of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, via the TodayTix app.

Watch Playbill live on the red carpet tonight as they speak to Nottage and the company of Sweat after the opening-night curtain comes down. Follow Playbill on Facebook and opt in to Live Video notifications, or visit our Facebook page around 8:45 PM ET to tune in.

(Updated March 26, 2017)


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