Oct 10, 2019

08:00 PM

Theatre Building, David Thayer Theatre

200 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Sweat poster image. Factory with large smokestack.

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Sarah Lacy Hamilton

October 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 at 8:00 p.m.
October 13 at 2:00 p.m.
David Thayer Theatre, UI Theatre Building

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat centers on a group of friends at their go-to bar in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the year 2000, layoffs and lockouts threaten their factory floor jobs, thrusting them into a bitter fight for survival. Produced across the country to critical and popular acclaim, Sweat considers the effects of America’s economic decline and deindustrialization alongside a heart-wrenching examination of friendship, race, class, and trust within this community of family and friends.

This production contains strong, racially charged language, simulated drug and alcohol use, depicted violence, and the sound of gunfire.

Post-Show Discussion
Please join us for a post-show discussion immediately following the performance of Sweat on Sunday, October 13. We will address the issues that emerge in the play and how they present themselves in the Iowa City area. Panelists include Jennifer Sherer, Director of the University of Iowa Labor Center, and Stacey Andersen, an International Representative of United Steelworkers. Led by Morgan Grambo, dramaturg of the production, we hope that this conversation connects Reading, Pennsylvania, to our community by examining economic and labor trends, while investigating where we go from here.

Sweat is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

$20 Adults
$15 Seniors (65+)
$10 Students & Youth
$5 UI Students

Tickets will be available beginning Monday, August 26 through the Hancher Box Office at 319.335.1160 or 1.800.HANCHER or online at www.hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets.

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