Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Theatre Company 2018-2019 season kicks off with the debut of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat. This Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner examines Reading, Pennsylvania’s diminishing industrial economy and shows the fear, tragedy, and hopefulness of an area on the brink of inevitable change.
Philadelphia Theatre Company Debut of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat
The production is going to kick-off the Theater's very first produced season with new Producing Artistic Director Paige Price. Justin Emeka who will make his first Philadelphia appearance directing a cast full of local stars as well as Barrymore Award winners who have fantastic theatre, film and television credits. Sweat is going to run from October 12 to November 4, 2018, at Philadelphia Theatre Company’s stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street. Opening Night will be Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00pm. Tickets range from $25-$69 and are obtainable in person at the box office, online at philatheatreco.org or even by telephone at 215-985-0420. Season memberships are additionally available starting at $38.
“Theatre is universal, and politics are local,” said Price concerning her first produced show in PTC. “The themes in Sweat are so relevant to everything happening right now across the nation. The challenges of Reading are the very problems which working classes throughout America face. I couldn’t pass up the chance to share that story and also spotlight a community so close to home that is going through its own healing and resurrection.”
Founded on Lynn Nottage’s extensive research in Reading, Sweat is equally a Pennsylvania story as well as a national story. The play illustrates a valley town occupied with fiercely proud people who have labored for decades in the plants and manufacturing plants of the booming county seat. Unions regulation, well-paying employment are coveted, and politics are personal. When the industries vanish, the men and women of Reading are rendered helpless as they witness their income, heritage, and relations follow suit. Understand their journey as Sweat unearths brutally honest consequences and yet dares to question exactly how a community can recover and revive itself.