Public Theater Extends Lynn Nottage's Sweat
The new play will have its New York premiere under the direction of Kate Whoriskey.
The Public Theater has extended its upcoming run of Lynn Nottage's acclaimed drama Sweat for one extra week. Originally scheduled to close November 20, the Kate Whoriskey-directed work will now run through November 27. Performances begin October 18.
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 each other 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.
Casting and additional information about the Public Theater production will be announced in the coming weeks.