Lynn Nottage’s ‘Sweat’ Will Move to Broadway

Sweat,” Lynn Nottage’s timely play about discontented working-class Americans struggling in a tight economy, has lined up a Broadway transfer, opening at Studio 54 in the spring.

The drama by Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her 2008 play “Ruined,” is in the midst of a popular, well-reviewed run at Off Broadway’s Public Theater, following productions last year at Oregon Shakespeare Company and earlier this year at Arena Stages. Commercial producers Stuart Thompson (“King Charles III”) and Louise Gund head up the Broadway transfer, which will move into Studio 54, the venue owned by Roundabout Theater Company.

Sweat” will mark a Broadway debut for Nottage, whose other plays include “Intimate Apparel” and “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.” Her latest centers on the tensions that arise among a group of blue-collar friends when the economy puts the squeeze on their jobs. The Public cast, expected to move with the show to Broadway, includes Johanna Day, John Earl Jelks and Miriam Shor.

The production begins previews March 4 at Studio 54 ahead of a March 26 opening. It joins a Broadway season that also includes new plays “The Encounter,” “Heisenberg,” “Oh, Hello,” “Significant Other,” “Indecent,” “Oslo,” “The Play That Goes Wrong” and “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”


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