Lynn Nottage has been awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Sweat. The honors were presented during a ceremony at Columbia University on April 10.
This marks Nottage's second Pulitzer win. She first received the award in 2009 for her play Ruined. Also nominated as finalists in Drama were Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves and Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, both of which played off-Broadway in 2016.
Sweat opened March 26 at Broadway's Studio 54 after an off-Broadway run at the Public Theater. The new play tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against one another in the hard fight to stay afloat. The drama was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage.
Kate Whoriskey directs the currently running production, which stars Carlo Albán (Oscar), James Colby (Stan), Khris Davis (Chris), Johanna Day (Tracey), John Earl Jelks (Brucie), Will Pullen (Jason), Lance Coadie Williams (Evan), Michelle Wilson (Cynthia), and Alison Wright (Jessie).
The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jennifer Moeller (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (original music and sound design), and Jeff Sugg (projection design).
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