The Public Theater

The Public Theater won seed funding for "SWEAT", a play by Lynn Nottage that tells the story of a city that has fallen victim to the "de-industrial revolution," and a corresponding audience engagement program that inspires action.


The Play

This season, The Public presents the New York premiere of SWEAT, the "extraordinarily moving drama" (The New York Times) by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage.

With warm humor and tremendous heart, 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.

Kate Whoriskey (Ruined) directs this stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.

Learn more about SWEAT.


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