Lynn Nottage’s ‘Sweat’ wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Sweat, the searing new play on Broadway at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street), is the recipient for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Pulitzer Prize citation lauded Sweat, “For a nuanced yet powerful drama that reminds audiences of the stacked deck still facing workers searching for the American dream.”

With yesterday’s Pulitzer news, playwright Lynn Nottage becomes the first woman to win two Pulitzers for Drama. She joins an esteemed group of playwrights who have won multiple Pulitzers that includes theatre titans Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, Robert E. Sherwood, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson.

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Playwright Lynn Nottage said,

“I am grateful to the Pulitzer panel for recognizing my play. I share this honor with an amazing group of collaborators who poured their energy and passion into the making of Sweat. I am eternally thankful for their beautiful contributions – director Kate Whoriskey; Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stages, which co-commissioned the play; producers Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund; The Public Theater; early support from the McCarter Theatre and The Lark; and the all of the casts, designers, and crew members.

However, this play would not exist if the good people of Reading, PA hadn’t so generously invited me into their community to listen to their uncensored stories. The role of an artist is to witness and reflect, and to be in dialogue with the culture at large. As a woman of color, I feel an even greater urgency to flex my voice, and it is gratifying to know that there is an audience that will lean in and engage even when the stories are challenging.”

Sweat, the play by newly minted two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey began performance at Studio 54 on March 4 and opened on March 26, 2017 to critical acclaim.

The full cast includes 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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