Reading, Pennsylvania is a blue-collar town with generations of hardworking folks, many of whom work at Olstead’s factory and down cold beers together after hours. But the post-Y2K economy is changing, NAFTA is a new reality and rumors fly about layoffs. Promotions and pride inevitably collide, forming cracks in decades-old friendships that crumble when the factory breaks with the union. From the politically charged opening scene to its electrifying conclusion, Sweat boldly confronts issues of race, immigration, deindustrialization and the ever-slipping grip on middle-class life.

2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

RATED PG-13: The play contains frequent strong profanity, occasional racial epithets and violence.




Firth J Chew Studio Theatre
The entrance to the Studio Theatre is near the southeast corner of the facility, off of Dean St/Joe Albi Wy.

Performance Dates and Showtimes

January 17 – February 2, 2025

Wednesdays – Saturdays: 7:30 pm  |  Sundays: 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices
All ticket prices are inclusive of fees

Adults: $29
Students (3-25): $15


Written by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Susan Hardie

Please Note

Performances scheduled collaboratively with Arena, Downtown Stadium and Podium management as to avoid too many concurrent North Bank area events.

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