A new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.

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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.


  • Nottage’s play was co-commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and Arena Stage through OSF’s American Revolutions, a multi-decade program of commissioning and developing 37 new plays sprung from moments of change in United States history.
  • Sweat is based in part on extensive on-the-ground interviews, conducted by Nottage with the help of a team, in Reading, Pa., which was ranked the nation’s poorest city in 2012.


Sweat premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2015, and then played at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in January-February, 2016. This production transfers to Broadway after an Off Broadway run at the Public Theater.


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