By: Lynn Nottage
Directed by: Jacob Clark Boggs
Lynn Nottage's Sweat gives us characters filled with the good and the bad. Nottage never tells us who's right or who's wrong, but always shows us who's human. And while its trajectory is dark, even devastating, Sweat is damn funny, too: Nottage knows well that the natural reactions to the assaults of life faced by these particular people are a savage sense of humor, and, more damagingly, a swan dive into the comforts of alcohol and drugs. Sweat (set in Reading, PA) moves fluidly between these passages (and others set elsewhere but at the same time) and scenes from eight years before, when the bulk of the action takes place. In the foreground of these scenes, set in a bar favored by the blue collar workers of the local metal tubing plant, are three middle-aged women, fast friends who together have put in more than 60 years working machines on the factory floor.
*Open call auditions will no longer be held in person!*
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by 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 to
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State and Joralemon Streets in Brooklyn Heights.
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Cast Breakdown: The cast is made up of 9 players.
Jason: Male, White (20’s) he has the strong build of a young man who went from the gridiron straight to the production line; a steel worker with deep working class roots; youthful, tough, funny and charismatic; in prison he hardens into a white supremacist, his optimism transforming into rage.
Chris: Male, Black (20’s) Jason’s best friend; muscular, charismatic, youthful, warm; a steel worker, with aspirations to educate himself and find a life beyond the steel plant; eventually hardened into a disillusioned ex-con; he turns to religion to help him fight his darkness within;
Tracey: Female, White (40’s) a steel worker and true company loyalist. She has given her life to the line; funny, brassy, bossy, opinionated and fiercely loyal; as her life begins to spiral out of control she can no longer manage the cocktail of disillusionment and anger that simmers below her surface. Mother of Jason.
Cynthia: Female, Black (40’s) a steel worker; starting at the plant as a teenager, she and Tracey have been best friends ever since, and have given their lives to the line; focused, ambitious and sturdy; despite the derision of her colleagues, she applies for a promotion and finally escapes the line and becomes a floor manager. Mother of Chris. (Actress may need to perform costume changes on stage)
Stan: Male, White (40-55) friendly but stern, a former steel worker who was injured at the plant (has a limp); is now the bartender at the local bar that the plant workers frequent; he has watched the lives of his customers play out and is deeply empathetic with their struggles; but his word is the rule of law; it would be a mistake to cross this man.
Jessie: Female, White (40’s) a steel worker; former hippie, with a warm disposition and easy access to her humor; drowns her sorrows in booze.
Evan; Male, Black (30’s-49’s) firm, direct and no-nonsense; a career parole officer; he is committed to helping his parolees succeed through a mixture of tough love and challenge; he can more than take care of himself.
Brucie: Male, Black (45-55) Chris’ father and Cynthia’s estranged husband. Handsome, but fading fast; a former textile factory worker, now a smooth-talking heroin addict. He was once charismatic, but has fully succumbed to his addiction; still capable of being charming, but as his circumstances become increasingly desperate so does his behavior.
Oscar: Male, Latino (20’s) Colombian-American busboy at the local bar; he keeps to himself. When the steel plant locks out the workers, Oscar is willing to risk everything to cross the picket lines and seize the opportunity to better his life.