It would be interesting to stage this with Odett’s Waiting for Lefty. FIRST LINE REVIEW: "So, you got a job?" Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play. This is a story of the moment (and of the last few decades), and definitely worth your time. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sweat Mar 26, 2017 Jun 25, 2017 . Please try again. I read this as part of my 2019 Reading Women challenge; this was for the category of a play (written by a woman). Grapples with the big problems of 21st century America. The play premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015; it was produced Off-Broadway in 2016 and on Broadway in 2017. "Sweat" brings to life a small slice of Americana that has largely been ignored - the plight of blue-collar factory workers being screwed over by the fat-cat owners. I am planning to use this play in the Women in Theatre course I teach. Sweat is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by acclaimed African-American playwright Lynn Nottage (author of Ruined and Intimate Apparel). Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Based on Nottage’s extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline. The 38th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade went virtual this year as a live-streamed telethon event, dubbed the 2020 Tail-a-Thon. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I can see why this won the Pulitzer Prize; it was quite effective in depicting the effects of an economic downturn and a factory closing down in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the early 2000s. I suspect that's my fault/lack of imagination rather than a fault of the text itself. The anger, the resentment, the confusion, the bitterness are all so tangible. Can't wait to read more of her work, this left me shivering on my porch and I'm on vacation in Spain (30 degrees Celsius, so...). Despite it winning ANOTHER Pulitzer, I found it somewhat of a disappointment - I mean, it's competent, but there is really none of the freshness in plot, subject, character or execution exemplified in her earlier work. She is a professor of Playwriting at Columbia University. Start time for Sweat is 7:30pm for all shows except the 3:00pm matinee on Sunday, August 12. A proud Brooklyn native, Lynn was honored to participate. Six Degrees of Separation Apr 25, 2017 This fall, The Public Theater launches a free, four-week tour of Lynn Nottage’s powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play, SWEAT, directed by Kate Whoriskey. Set near her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat details the life of a close knit group of friends who have been affected by their factory closing, ending the only way of life the town has known for generations. It's a bit like Steinbeck writing about the guy with the bulldozer at the Joad homestead--you can strike out against him, but he's caught in the same vortex and you don't have a way of striking the people making the calls. “Sweat,” Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in a faltering factory town in Pennsylvania, magnificently answers the call for more far-ranging American playwriting. "Sweat" brings to life a small slice of Americana that has largely been ignored - the plight of blue-collar factory workers being screwed over by the fat-cat owners. Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices. I am planning to use this play in the Women in Theatre course I teach. FIRST LINE REVIEW: "So, you got a job?" October 17 – November 18, 2018 Sacramento Premiere | 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner. Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play. She was the first woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice; the first in 2009 for Ruined, and the second in 2017 for Sweat. A very important play for America in the year 2017. Despite it winning ANOTHER Pulitzer, I found it somewhat of a disappointment - I mean, it's competent, but there is really none of the freshness in plot, subject, character or execution exemplified in her earlier work. Lynn Nottage’s Sweat gives us characters filled with the good and the bad and asks us to reflect on our own views and the views of others. So needed in the theater. 'Ruined' is the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 'Sweat' is winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Be the first to ask a question about Sweat. L ynn Nottage’s Sweat is a play set in 2000 and 2008 that explores the tension in a group of friends in the midst of layoffs at a factory in Reading, Pennsylvania. The owners and administration of the factory do not appear in this play, but their back-handed dealings and manipulations of the community are the catalysts that move the story forward, creating an unseen, all-powerful character pulling the strings of everyone that is seen on stage. I have used "Ruined" in the past and am excited about "Sweat" because it will be far more relatable for my students. However, the most poignant part of this play is the way Nottage focuses on the dire outcom. I read this play for a seminar I am taking this summer. I would love to see a production of this play. More specifically, the loss of jobs in 21st C. America. More specifically, the loss of jobs in 21st C. America. Sweat by Lynn Nottage, a play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2017, examines the lives of working-class Americans in the early 2000s and shows how periods of economic downfall and poverty can affect the dynamics between friends, family, and community.. 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