directed by TIMOTHY BOND
McGuire Proscenium Stage

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Due to the fallout of COVID-19, we have canceled performances of SWEAT. Ticket holders will be contacted regarding their options, including the opportunity to donate their tickets to help us sustain operations and reopen stronger than ever.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama

Reading, Pennsylvania, is a blue-collar town with generations of hardworking folk, many of whom work at Olstead’s factory and down cold beers together after hours. But the economy is changing, NAFTA is a new reality and rumors fly about layoffs. Promotions and pride inevitably collide, forming cracks in decades-old friendships that crumble when the factory breaks with the union. From the politically charged opening scene to its electrifying conclusion, Sweat boldly confronts issues of race, immigration, deindustrialization and the ever-slipping grip on middle-class life — all with Nottage’s signature humor and heart.

Three things to know 

  • Lynn Nottage is the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice (Ruined in 2009 and Sweat in 2017).
  • Sweat has close ties to Floyd’s, the Guthrie-commissioned play that had its world premiere on our stage last summer. Nottage worked on both plays in tandem after spending two years in Reading, Pennsylvania, interviewing residents about the city’s economic changes.
  • In 2018, the Guthrie collaborated with The Public Theater in New York to bring free performances of Sweat to Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud via The Public’s Mobile Unit — an initiative designed to break down barriers to the arts and bring world-class theater to the people.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $25 to $79.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (July 25–30). Hurry, these go quickly! 

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Content advisory

This production contains mature langauge and themes. 

Venue info

Sweat will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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