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Lynn Nottage Set for Broadway Debut with New Play SWEAT

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

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

Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s new play Sweat, directed by Kate Whoriskey, which has been enjoying a sold out, critically acclaimed engagement at New York’s Public Theater, will transfer to Broadway’s Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). Broadway performances of Sweat, produced by Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund, will begin March 4 for a March 26, 2017 opening.

Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Tickets for the Broadway production of Sweat will go on sale Friday, December 9 via Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

Michelle Wilson and James Colby. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Michelle Wilson and James Colby. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Sweat is currently playing an acclaimed engagement at New York’s Public Theater where it has been extended three times, with critics writing about the play’s breathtaking timeliness, compassion, and power.

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

Sweat was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and D.C.’s Arena Stage. The play received its world premiere at OSF in July 2015 and subsequently played an acclaimed run at Arena Stage in January 2016.

Johanna Day and Carlo Alban. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Carlo Alban. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

“We have been so proud and fortunate to follow Lynn Nottage’s groundbreaking play Sweat before it opened at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We have been in the front seat along the journey and are beyond delighted to allow New York audiences to see Lynn Nottage, one of our country’s greatest playwrights, make her Broadway debut with this magnificent and pulse-inducing work,” said producers Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund.

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

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

“America needs Sweat. We’ve been thrilled by the voracious appetite that audiences at The Public have had for Lynn Nottage’s masterpiece, and are thrilled that it will continue its life on Broadway,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “No piece I know captures in such brilliant and absorbing particulars the drama and fury of Americans who feel left behind in our new economy. We need to listen to these voices with openness and compassion; Sweat allows us to do just that, in a brilliantly theatrical way.”

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

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

With warm humor and tremendous heart, Lynn Nottage’s 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.

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

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.

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

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

The acclaimed ensemble from The Public Theater including Carlo Albán as Oscar, James Colby as Stan, Khris Davis as Chris, Johanna Day as Tracey, John Earl Jelks as Brucie, Will Pullen as Jason, Miriam Shor as Jessie, Lance Coadie Williams as Evan and Michelle Wilson as Cynthia, is expected to reprise their performances on Broadway.

Khris Davis and Will Pullen. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Khris Davis and Will Pullen. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The creative team for Sweat features John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jennifer Moeller (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (original music and sound design), and Jeff Sugg (projection design).

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

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

Tickets will be available on Friday, December 9 via Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices will range from $59 – $149.

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

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

Additional listings information including performance schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

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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