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by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Sarah Lacy Hamilton

October 10- 12  and 17-19 at 8:00 p.m.

October 13 at 2:00 p.m.

David Thayer Theatre
UI Theatre Building, 200 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA, 52242

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage's Sweat centers on a group of friends at their go-to bar in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the year 2000, layoffs and lockouts threaten their factory floor jobs, thrusting them into a bitter fight for survival. Produced across the country to critical and popular acclaim, Sweat considers the effects of America's economic decline and deindustrialization alongside a heart-wrenching examination of friendship, race, class, and trust within the community of family and friends.

Sweat is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Post Show Discussion following the Oct 13th performance:

We will address the issues that emerge in the play and how they present themselves in the Iowa City area. Panelists include Jennifer Sherer, Director of the University of Iowa Labor Center, and Stacey Andersen, an International Representative of United Steelworkers. Led by Morgan Grambo, dramaturg of the production, we hope that this conversation connects Reading, Pennsylvania, to our community by examining economic and labor trends, while investigating where we go from here.


Please note:

This production contains strong, racially charged language, simulated drug and alcohol use, depicted violence, and the sound of gunfire.

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Running Time

Two and a half hours with one 10-minute intermission


For this University Theatre event, each University of Iowa or other college student must present their student ID to attend the performance with a student ticket.



Parking in Lot 55 is free for patrons after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend. Parking meters surround the perimeter of the lot for week-day use. Please note that Lot 55 is also a staging area for free shuttle buses to Hawkeye Football and Basketball games. On Saturdays when Mainstage performances are held at the same time as a Hawkeye Football Game, the metered lot on the West side of the Theatre Building will be reserved for Theatre Patrons.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. All theatres are accessible, and are equipped with hearing augmentation systems. For details, call Accessibility Services at (319-335-1158). The main entrance is accessible to persons with disabilities, and is located on the east (river) side of the building. It is reached via a ramp located at the southwest corner of the building.

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