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Lynn Nottage's SWEAT

  • Marshall Opportunity School 225 E Watson Street Albion, MI, 49224 USA (map)

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit will perform a play that looks hard at what happens to a town when the factories close. Some profanity and adult content is present.

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You are invited to witness a world-class performance of The Public Theater’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, SWEAT, by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey. SWEAT, as part of The Public’s inaugural Mobile Unit National Tour, will play at Marshall Opportunity High School cafeteria at 7 p.m. If possible, please enter the building on the south side to not disrupt the afterschool programming.

The live performance will speak to people across generations, professions, and other backgrounds. While all are welcome to this free production, please note that the play is intended for people age 16 and up.
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This stunning play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity will show in Albion for one night only. Please stay afterward for a discussion with the off-Broadway actors about the play’s connection with the region’s current and historical triumphs and challenges through post-industrialization.

“Sweat tells the story of Reading, Pennsylvania, but it could be any post-industrial city across the landscape,” said Playwright Lynn Nottage. “One of the beautiful things about what we’re trying to do with the Mobile Unit National Tour is to link narratives and bring people not just in the communities into dialogue, but people across communities into dialogue and figure out how can we strategize and shift the national conversation.” 

SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on 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. It premiered in New York at The Public Theater in 2016, with critics writing about the play’s breathtaking timeliness, compassion, and power. The play opened on Broadway on March 26, 2017, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.

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