It has been called one of the defining plays of the new millennium and recounts the story of three American women and other inhabitants of an impoverished town in Pennsylvania, USA, who are grappling with the socioeconomic consequences of changing demographics and the impact of globalisation upon their rural community. Sweat tickets are ready now to buy or sell via StubHub.
An incisive portrait of modern working-class America
A bar in Reading, Pennsylvania, serves as the backdrop for the events that unfold in this new play that has won rave reviews for its honest, incisive portrayal of life in a small part of rural America that has succumbed to the loss of employment opportunities and the shifting social landscape that have shaped this American century to date. At its heart are three female friends, Cynthia, an African-American, and her two Caucasian friends, Jessie and Tracey, who tend to share after-work drinks at the local bar owned by Stan with the other blue-collar workers in this manufacturing town. When Cynthia is selected over Tracey to fill a management position, matters come to a head when worker dissatisfaction with job losses due to relocation results in a union lockout of the factory, leaving Cynthia in a rather uncomfortable position and putting the two friends at odds both personally and professionally. Sweat won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and joins a long list of past winners, such as Rent, Fences and Driving Miss Daisy. Sweat tickets are available now for purchase or sale via StubHub.
Don't miss this exciting stage production
The first quarter of the new millennium has been dominated by the competing ideologies of nationalism and globalisation with working class communities across the world feeling the brunt of their impact and Sweat examines this struggle from the perspective of a rural community in the American Northeast. What happens when national trade policies and a changing society collide at the centre of this absorbing, provocative stage drama, the political consequences of which ripple wide and deep. It's a play where there are no easy answers or solutions, which is the point that playwright Lynn Nottage wants to drive home and that dichotomy helps to explain much of the anger felt by the factory workers and the protagonists who are painfully aware that there is little they can do to offset the social and economic events impacting their daily lives. Nottage, who has a previous Pulitzer prize for an earlier work, is quite adept at handling the challenge of using a fictional bar in a real-life city to explain real world political consequences. Sweat tickets are ready now to buy or sell via StubHub.
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