It is, according to the New York Times, 'the first work from a major American playwright to summon, with empathy and without judgment, the nationwide anxiety that helped put Donald J. Trump in the White House'. And if the positive reviews from Broadway are to be believed, this 2015 play will feel urgent in the context of current global politics.
Sweat is set in Reading, Pennsylvania, one of America's poorest cities due to the collapse of the steel industry. We see the tensions and anger rippling through locals as the story skips between the year 2000 and 2008, either side of George W. Bush's presidency. Nottage spent two years living in Reading and getting to know the community that informed her cast of characters. This closeness and accuracy informs the drama, as we are taken right to the heart of the discontentment.
As the first and only woman to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, Nottage is one of the USA's brightest talents. The judging panel praised Sweat as 'a nuanced yet powerful drama that reminds audiences of the stacked deck still facing workers searching for the American dream'. Former Donmar Resident Assistant Director Lynette Linton directs the UK premiere of Sweat and casting is yet to be announced.
Public booking for Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse opens from 10am on Tuesday 2 October .
|What||Sweat, Donmar Warehouse|
|Where||Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
07 Dec 18 – 26 Jan 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
|Price||£10 - £40|
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|