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Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT Featuring John Earl Jelks, Johanna Day, James Colby, Carlo Alban, Miriam Shor, Michelle Wilson and Will Pullen Extends at The Public through Dec. 18

Lynn Nottage’s new play SWEAT, directed by Kate Whoriskey, has been extended at The Public through December 18, 2016.

John Earl Jelks and Khris Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

John Earl Jelks and Khris Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of SWEAT features Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen (Jason), Miriam Shor (Jessie), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), and Michelle Wilson (Cynthia).

Michelle Wilson and James Colby. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Michelle Wilson and James Colby. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Public presents the New York premiere of SWEAT by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage. 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 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. Kate Whoriskey directs this stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.

SWEAT features scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, original music and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, and projection design by Jeff Sugg.

Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Member and Partner tickets for the extension weeks are on sale now. Single tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org; or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

James Colby, Carlo Alban, Miriam Shor, and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

James Colby, Carlo Alban, Miriam Shor, and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Carlo Alban. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Carlo Alban. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

John Earl Jelks and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

John Earl Jelks and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The company of SWEAT at The Public Theater. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The company of SWEAT at The Public Theater. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day, Michelle Wilson, Miriam Shor, and Carlo Alban. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day, Michelle Wilson, Miriam Shor, and Carlo Alban. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Will Pullen, James Colby, and Khris Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Will Pullen, James Colby, and Khris Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Khris Davis and Will Pullen. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Khris Davis and Will Pullen. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Michelle Wilson, James Colby and Johanna Day. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Michelle Wilson, James Colby and Johanna Day. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The company of SWEAT at The Public Theater. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The company of SWEAT at The Public Theater. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Michelle Wilson and Khris Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Michelle Wilson and Khris Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson (foreground), and Carlo Alban and Miriam Shor. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson (foreground), and Carlo Alban and Miriam Shor. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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