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Auditions for "Sweat" with TAG- The Actors' Group

Auditions for "Sweat" with TAG- The Actors' Group


SWEAT by Lynn Nottage
directed by Joyce Maltby

1pm Saturday, January 26  & 6pm Sunday, January 27, 2019

at The Brad Powell Theatre in The Shops at Dole Cannery

You may park in the Regal Theatre parking structure (bring your ticket, we validate) or the Iwilei Costco parking lot

Show runs April 12 - May 5, 2019

Characters: It is important to note that all of the characters were born in the USA...specifically in Berks County, PA. The following description includes the playwrights mentioning of the descent of a few of the characters but has no connection to ethnic dialect. They are Pennsylvanians. Also, some of the scenes in this play take place in 2000 and some take place in 2008. Therefore the playwright has listed their ages with both years in mind. The director has chosen to list the playwright's listing of ethnicity and age for an overall understanding of a very general description of the characters. There is flexibility in casting.

EVAN, late 40's, Male, African-American, Parole officer

JASON, 21/29 Male, White American of German descent

CHRIS, Male, 21/29, African-American

STAN, 50's, Male, White American of German descent, Bar Tender who runs the bar

OSCAR, 22/30, Male, Columbian-American, busboy

TRACEY, 45/53, Female, White American of German descent, factory worker

CYNTHIA, Female, 45/53, African-American, factory worker

JESSIE, Female, 40's, Italian-American, factory worker

BRUCIE, Male, 40's, African-American 

The play is centered on the working class of Reading, Pennsylvania, in the year 2000 and a group of friends who go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar like they've been doing for over 20 years. But, unbeknownst to them, their lives are about to be uprooted. Their steel mill, Olstead's, is making some changes and the generations of loyalty these workers have shown, don't seem to amount to much. These middle class, unionized, steelworkers have made plans to save money, go on vacations and then retire with a nice, healthy pension, but when rumors start flying that the company is considering layoffs, and flyers are hung to recruit non-union Latino workers for less money, the war between community and capitalism begins, and tensions start destroying not only jobs, but also relationships. This poignant play takes a look at the de-industrial revolution through the lens of a history play, but also delves into the issues of today: the economy, immigration, and race-relations in America. It's political context has also been noted, particularly focusing on the similarities between the description of the industrial working class in a Rust Belt town, and that being a significant area and demographic in the 2016 United States presidential election. Lynn Nottage's Sweat gives us characters filled with the good and the bad and asks us to reflect on our own views and the views of others. Nottage never tells us who's right or who's wrong, but always shows us who's human. Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat."Keenly observed and often surprisingly funny-but ultimately heartbreaking-the work traces the roots of a tragedy with both forensic psychological detail and embracing compassion. Ms. Nottage...is writing at the peak of her powers..." -NY Times. "...passionate and necessary...a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us...SWEAT communicates its points with minimal fuss and maximum grit. Along with the rage, despair and violence, there's humor and abundant humanity...a cautionary tale of what happens when you don't know how to resist." -Time Out NY. "Sharp and threatening as a box cutter blade...ferociously engrossing...SWEAT never feels less than authentic-and crucial." -Deadline.com 

email tag@hawaii.rr.com to read the script

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