SWEAT: Intimate true stories about definitions, the struggles of life, money and the American Dream
Informal definition of the word sweat is a state of being flustered with anxiety or distress. Also defined as hard work and effort. More importantly, it is the unerring title and theme for a play written by Lynn Nottage, directed by Sam Woodhouse and hosted by San Diego Repertory Theatre at Lyceum Theatre, with showtimes available through May 12th, 2019. This acclaimed play has been produced on and off Broadway, listed on the Top 10 in Time Magazine and the notable recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. It is based on years of research, sweat and personal interviews of the working class.
SWEAT is set in Reading PA, the poorest city in America during the de-industrialized 2000/2008 Bush period. It introduces us to the lives of a group of stereotypical blue -collar steel workers; co-workers, friends and family. The main milieu and commonality between them is the neighborhood dive bar they all frequent to exchange opinions, advice and hilarity. When their company sets to disrupt the status quo, tensions arise, and they endure a 93 day lockout from their plant. With that, triggers money woes, ill yet prideful judgement, loss of the American Dream, unrestrained emotions, excessiveness, irrationality, promise for betterment and humility.
SWEAT shines and delivers. It is relevant, gritty, realistic and heart felt with a surprising ending that smacks you straight in the face full of life’s idioms. You leave the theater bursting of heavy emotions, conversating, pondering, and authentically soul searching for answers and motivation.
Tickets can be purchased via website at https://sdrep.org/