Pulitzer Prize-Winning and Tony Nominated SWEAT to End Broadway Run on June 25

Sweat, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey, will close on Sunday, June 25.

Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Carlo Alban (in white apron) as Oscar, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby as Stan, JohAnna Day as Tracey, Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and Alison Wright as Jessie. Photo by Joan Marcus

At the time of closing it will have played 24 previews and 105 regular performances. The production began previews began Saturday, March 4 and opened Sunday, March 26 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street).

Johanna Day as Tracey, Alison Wright as Jessie and Michelle Wilson as Cynthia in SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus
Johanna Day as Tracey, Alison Wright as Jessie and Michelle Wilson as Cynthia in SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus

Producers Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund said today, “Although Sweat is closing on Sunday, June 25 on Broadway, it will have very long life in regional theaters across the country. 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.”

John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby (standing behind the bar) as Stan, Michelle Wilsonas Cynthia, Johanna Day as Tracey and Alison Wright as Jessie IN SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus
John Earl Jelks as Brucie, James Colby (standing behind the bar) as Stan, Michelle Wilsonas Cynthia, Johanna Day as Tracey and Alison Wright as Jessie IN SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus

The story of Sweat and the people of Reading, PA will continue this summer with This Is Reading, an ambitious 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.

Alison Wright as Jessie, Johanna Day as Tracey, Khris Davis as Chris, James Colby as Stan, Carlo Alban as Oscar and Will Pullen as Jason. Photo by Joan Marcus
Alison Wright as Jessie, Johanna Day as Tracey, Khris Davis as Chris, James Colby as Stan, Carlo Alban as Oscar and Will Pullen as Jason in SWEAT. Photo by Joan Marcus

Re-animating the long vacant building, This Is Reading approaches the historic station as a collaborator, placing its unique history and architecture in dialogue with stories of hardships, challenges, and triumphs of people living in and around Reading, PA. The project will weave their individual stories into one cohesive and compelling tale of the city.

Khris Davis as Chris and Lance Coadie Williams as Evan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Khris Davis as Chris and Lance Coadie Williams as Evan. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Sweat includes Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen(Jason), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), Michelle Wilson (Cynthia), and Alison Wright (Jessie).

Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and John Earl Jelks as Brucie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and John Earl Jelks as Brucie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Sweat received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Lynn Nottage is the first woman to win two Pulitzers for Drama and the first ever woman of color to win two Pulitzer Prizes in any category. She joins an esteemed group of playwrights who have won multiple Pulitzers that includes theatre titans Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, Robert E. Sherwood, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson.

Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and JohAnna Day as Tracey. Photo by Joan Marcus
Michelle Wilson as Cynthia and JohAnna Day as Tracey. Photo by Joan Marcus

In addition, Sweat was the recipient of an Obie Award for playwriting and was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Play, two nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson); three Drama League Awards: Distinguished Production of a Play and Distinguished Performance (Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson); three Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Broadway Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Kate Whoriskey), and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Johanna Day); and two Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play. In addition, cast members Carlo Alban received a Theatre World Award and Will Pullen was honored with a 2017 Clarence Derwent Award.

Will Pullen as Jason and Khris Davis as Chris. Photo by Joan Marcus
Will Pullen as Jason and Khris Davis as Chris. Photo by Joan Marcus

It was named as one of the Best Plays of 2016 by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, The Star-Ledger, The Bergen Record, Deadline, The Wrap, The Huffington Post, New York Amsterdam News, Theatermania, and Broadway World.

Lynn Nottage presenting at the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall. Credit: Theo Wargo
Lynn Nottage presenting at the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall. Credit: Theo Wargo
Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang
Lynn Nottage. Photo by Lia Chang

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, in a sold-out run. The production subsequently played an acclaimed run at Arena Stage in January 2016. Sweat played an acclaimed engagement at New York’s Public Theater in November 2016, where it was extended three times, with critics writing about the play’s breathtaking timeliness, compassion, and power.

With warm humor and tremendous heart, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.

Sweat is produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson, Louise L. Gund, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jon B. Platt, Roy Furman, Len Blavatnik, Shelly Mitchell, Scott Rudin, Ted Snowdon, Kevin Emrick, True Love Productions, John Gore, Deborah Taylor/Richard Winkler, and The Public Theater.

The creative team for Sweat features John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jennifer Moeller (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design), and Jeff Sugg (projection design).

Tickets are available via Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Box office hours are Monday 10AM-6PM; Tuesday – Saturday 10AM-8PM; Sunday 12-6PM. Ticket prices range from $59 – $149.

From July 14th-16th and July 21st-23rd This Is Reading, an ambitious site-specific multimedia installation blending live performance and visual media, will occupy the historic Franklin Street Railroad Station in Downtown Reading, re-animating the long vacant building. Using as its foundation the hardships, challenges, and triumphs of people living in and around Reading, Pa., This is Reading will weave their individual stories into one cohesive and compelling tale of the city. The project is inspired by the relationship Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage forged with the people of Reading while researching her critically-acclaimed play Sweat with director Kate Whoriskey.

This is Reading will provide the opportunity to bring the restored, but vacant, Reading Railroad Station back to life, by filling it with creative arts that will help illuminate the lives of people living in the Greater Reading area. But more importantly it will set the stage for the community to hold new and meaningful conversations with each other about our community’s future.”

– Pat Giles, former Executive Vice President, United Way of Berks County and current Foundation Associate, The Wyomissing Foundation

“We know that the arts are powerfully effective as a social intervention for understanding and addressing community issues. And, we know that struggling cities, not unlike individuals, often find it difficult to connect with a more balanced perspective so collaborative and meaningful solutions may elude them. THIS IS READING is so exciting because it does both – it offers the awesome prospect of healing and moving a ‘stuck,’ but resilient, city forward.”

– Santo D. Marabella, Film Commissioner , ReadingFilm/Pennsylvania’s Americana Region and Producer, This Is Reading

This Is Reading is created by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, filmmaker Tony Gerber, director Kate Whoriskey, choreographer Rennie Harris, DJ Eli Evnen, Designer Deb O, Projection designer Jeff Sugg, lighting designer Smith Chandrashaker, Sound designer Nick Kourtides, producers Santo D. Marabella and Blake Ashman Kipervaser. Actors include Russell G. Jones, Michael Puzzo and Vanessa Aspillaga and many local dancers and performers.

This project’s partners include the award winning Labyrinth Theater, Project&, Market Road Films, Goggleworks Center for Arts reading, Pa, ReadingFilm/Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, The Sketchbook Project, The officers of the Mayor and Managing Director, City of Reading, South Central Transit Authority, Commissioners Office- County of Berks, Reading Company Technical & Historical Society and The Civilians Theater Company.

Project supporters include Pam and Peter Barbey, Columbia University, Lawrence Cowart, Teresa Tsai, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Howard Gilman Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Venturous Theater Fund, Wyomissing Foundation.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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