Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Tony Award Nominees John Earl Jelks and Johanna Day, Carlo Albán, James Colby, Khris Davis, Will Pullen, Lance Coadie Williams and Michelle Wilson Return for the Broadway Debut of Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT

Key Art for SWEAT on Broadway. Original Off-Broadway cast photo by Pari Dukovic; Design by Drewdesignco / Area of Practice.

Key Art for SWEAT on Broadway. Original Off-Broadway cast photo by Pari Dukovic; Design by Drewdesignco / Area of Practice.

Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s new play Sweat, directed by Kate Whoriskey, which enjoyed 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.

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

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

Tickets for the Broadway production of Sweat can be purchased via Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Tony Award nominees John Earl Jelks (Brucie) and Johanna Day (Tracey), Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Will Pullen (Jason), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), and Michelle Wilson (Cynthia) from the original cast are on board. Casting for the role of Jessie will be announced at a later date.

Michelle Wilson and James Colby. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Michelle Wilson and James Colby. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Sweat was recently named as one of five finalists for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Sweat was chosen as one of the Best Plays of 2016 by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, The Star-Ledger, The Bergen Record, Deadline, The Wrap, The Huffington Post, Theatermania, and Broadway World.

Johanna Day and Carlo Alban. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Johanna Day and Carlo Alban. 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, in a sold-out run. The production subsequently played an acclaimed run at Arena Stage in January 2016. Sweat played an acclaimed engagement at New York’s Public Theater in November 2016, where it was extended three times, with critics writing about the play’s breathtaking timeliness, compassion, and power.

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

Will Pullen, James Colby, and Khris Davis. 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.

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

John Earl Jelks and Michelle Wilson. 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.

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 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 and Khris Davis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Michelle Wilson and Khris Davis. 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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