Professor Lynn Nottage’s Sweat heads to Broadway this March, following a successful run at the Public Theater. Nottage has earned many accolades over the years for her plays, including the Pulitzer Prize for her drama Ruined in 2009, however, this will be her Broadway debut.
Nottage told the New York Times she was feeling, “unbridled excitement and trepidation — all the bevy of emotions that come with something so big that has always been just out of reach.”
Sweat tells the story of a diverse group of factory workers whose lives and friendships begin to fall apart as the industrial jobs they rely on start to disappear. Economic crisis leads to anger and racial division, a drama with resonances that are particularly strong following this November’s presidential election. However, the play is set in 2000 and 2008, and reflects several years of interviews and research that Nottage and director Kate Whoriskey conducted in Reading, PA.
“Broadway has never been my end game, but this might be a perfect moment for this particular play to reach the audience Broadway can reach,” Nottage said to the Times. “There has been an absence of a conversation about the struggles of working-class people — and that includes black, white, Latino, Asian and Native American people. There has been so much emphasis on the white working class, but the frustrations go across racial lines.”