Tony-nominated playwright Lynn Nottage will lend support to the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women's Equality at a performance of Sweat.
Tony-nominated playwright Lynn Nottage will lend support to the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women's Equality at a performance of Sweat.
(© David Gordon)

The ERA Coalition and Fund for Women's Equality will offer A Night at the Theater for Women's Equality at the Tony-nominated play Sweat at Studio 54 on Tuesday, June 6. Tony-nominated playwright and E.R.A. Coalition supporter Lynn Nottage will host a conversation following the evening's performance. Proceeds for tickets bought through the E.R.A. Coalition will support the organization.

Sweat, Nottage's second Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, 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 one another in the hard fight to stay afloat.

Kate Whoriskey directs the production, which stars Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen (Jason), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), Michelle Wilson (Cynthia), and Alison Wright (Jessie). The play is currently nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play, and Best Featured Actress (Wilson and Day).

Both formed in 2014, the Fund for Women's Equality is engaged in raising public awareness on the unequal treatment of women in the U.S. and its sister organization the E.R.A. Coalition is working to guarantee equal rights for woman under the U.S. Constitution by campaigning for the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment. The E.R.A. Coalition includes more than 50 organizational members, and among its supporters are former President Jimmy Carter, Meryl Streep, Rashida Jones, Chelsea Handler, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Sam Waterston, Christine Lahti, and Gloria Steinem, who serves on the board of both organizations.