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UNC Greensboro Theater School is proud to present “Sweat”, a play by Lynn Nottage.

“Sweat” delves into the lives of factory workers in Reading, Pennsylvania as they grapple with issues of economic insecurity, relationships, workers’ rights and race. “Sweat” and its characters are based on Nottage’s personal research and interviews conducted in Reading during a time in American history when many long-time factory jobs were outsourced to other countries due to the ‘North American Free Trade Agreement. According to director, Mya Brown, “‘Sweat’ tells the story of hard-working, loyal, and strong individuals who are members of a rich and deep history; all they want is their piece of the American dream that was promised to them.

The play was originally co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and DC’s Arena stage in 2015. “Sweat” premiered Off-Broadway in the fall of 2016 at the Public Theater, then moved to Broadway in 2017. Due of its popular hit, “Sweat” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2017. Other accolades include the 2017 Obie Award for Playwriting, as well as three 2017 Tony Award nominations, including Best Play.

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Director Brown says she “saw a production of ‘Sweat’ on the Arena stage in Washington D.C. (2015) before it hit Broadway; I knew then it was going to change the landscape of American realism Lynn Nottage’s work in “Sweat” epitomizes what August Wilson affirms in his speech, The Ground on Which I Stand, “We can answer the high standards of world-class art.” this piece at the UNCG and I hope to inspire the public to extend compassion and grace to their fellow human beings. In this time of war, economic strife, health pandemic and social unrest, it is important that artists be the change they wish to see in the world; this production is our effort to inspire change.

When asked what excites her about the show, Yuliya Donovan (played as Jessie) said: “Lynn Nottage has written a really important story which, although very time specific , a place and a population, rings true across time and location.”

Acting MFA student Willa Bost (played as Cynthia) said, “I am thrilled that my master’s thesis production will be a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, written and directed by women at BIPOC. This play could be staged at any time and the social and political issues it raises would still be relevant. It used to be said that people went to the theater to exercise their empathetic muscles. If so, they’re sure to practice by coming to see “Sweat”!”

Live performances will be April 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., April 3 at 2 p.m., and April 6-9 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.uncgtheatre.comby phone at 336.334.4392, or in person at the UNCG Theater Box Office located at 406 Tate St., Greensboro, NC 27412. The UNCG Theater Box Office hours of operation are Monday-Friday 1-5 p.m. .

About UNC Greensboro Theater School

The UNC Greensboro Theater School educates and trains students as professional performers in a wide range of theatrical specialties. Our programs include technical production, design, theater education, performance, youth theater and directing. Our rigorous BA, BFA, and MFA programs produce exemplary theater artists with the applicable knowledge, skills, and vision to work professionally in the performing arts. With the help of the National Theater Honors Fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega, students deepen their experiences of service within and outside of our community. The School of Theater is committed to creating and nurturing a diverse, engaged and artistically balanced body of future professionals, performers and teachers. Our mission is to strengthen our students’ goals, enhance their talents, lead them to success, and help them turn their passion into purpose on and off the stage.

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