Kate Whoriskey directs the drama, which is inspired by the experiences of the residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, during the economic recession that began in 2008. 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 one another in the hard fight to stay afloat. The drama ran at the Public Theater in fall 2016 and was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage.
The cast features 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).
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