Miriam Shor, John Earl Jelks, and More Cast in Lynn Nottage's Sweat
The acclaimed drama is directed by Kate Whoriskey at the Public Theater.
The Public Theater has announced complete casting for the New York premiere of Sweat by Lynn Nottage. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the production will begin performances on October 18, with an official press opening on November 3. Sweat was previously extended one week through November 27.
The complete cast will feature Carlo Alban (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen (Jason), Miriam Shor (Jessie), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), and Michelle Wilson (Cynthia).
The play 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.
Sweat is the result of extensive interviews conducted by Nottage and Whoriskey, who spent two years visiting and interviewing residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, which was named America's poorest city in 2011. Sweat was a co-commission of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage.