“Sweat is a tough yet empathetic portrait of the America that came undone.”
– The New Yorker

STRONG LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE

Sweat

by Lynn Nottage

Jan. 29 – Feb. 15, 2020

Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage

Playwright

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize (2017)

Lynn Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for this riveting new play.

It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar like they’ve been doing for years. These workers have planned to save money and then retire with a nice, healthy pension. But their mill is making changes and the generations of loyalty these workers have shown don’t seem to amount to much. The company is considering layoffs, the war between community and capitalism begins, and tensions start destroying not only jobs, but relationships.

 

STRONG LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE

SWEAT by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Ron Ulrich | Set & Costume Design by Doug Paraschuk | Lighting Design by Wendy Lundgren | Composition & Sound Design by Creighton Doane  |  Video Design by Corwin Ferguson

Photos by BankoMedia

SWEAT

Starring:

Nehassaiu deGannes

Nehassaiu deGannes

Cynthia

Nehassaiu's Bio

 

THEATRE Aquarius: Never Not Once.  OTHER THEATRE: Brave New World (Litmus/Theatre Passe Muraille); Hamlet (Driftwood); Romeo & Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Three Musketeers (Stratford); King Lear (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Last Wife (WAM); Is God Is (Soho Rep); KINGS (Studio Theatre, DC); SWEAT (Cleveland Play House); Our Town, Romeo & Juliet, (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Proof (Trinity Rep) among other credits.  Film/TV: Equal Standard (First Born Productions/ Digital 7).  TRAINING: Graduate of McGill University, Brown University MFA and Trinity Rep Conservatory.  ET CETERA: Nehassaiu received the Berkshire Theatre Critics Award for her trio of characters in the comedy Or, and was named ‘Best Performance of 2017’ by the Wall Street Journal for her work in Intimate Apparel (Shakespeare & Co.).  

Music For Exile, her first book of poetry, will be available in 2021.  

www.nehassaiu.com

René Escobar Jr.

René Escobar Jr.

Oscar

René's Bio

THEATRE AQUARIUS: Debut.  OTHER THEATRE: Stage Debut.  FILM/TV: Imposters (Bravo), Taken (NBC), Mayday (National Geographic), Jack Ryan (Amazon).  ET CETERA: “Indebted to my parents who hurdled mountains and gave me the world. Those who try to talk you out of your dreams simply didn’t pursue theirs. 1926.”

Allison Hossack

Allison Hossack

Jessie

Allison's Bio

THEATRE AQUARIUS: Debut.  OTHER THEATRE: Closer, Ten Dollar Drinks, Ancestral Voices, Glengarry Glen Ross (all female cast), Bedful of Foreigners, Candida, Paper Wheat, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eight to the Bar, They’re Playing Our Song, The Sound of Music. FILM/TV: Series regular on Falcon Beach (Global); Hope Island (PAX TV); Profit (Fox); Cobra (Cannell Films); Another World (NBC); recurring on The Art of More (Sony); The Killing (AMC); Heartland (CBC); Robson Arms (CTV); Da Vinci’s Inquest (CBC). Recent credits include Nurses (Corus); Condor (Audience Network); The Good Witch (Hallmark); Radio Silence (Incendo) and the indie feature Our House.  TRAINING/TEACHING: Bachelor of Music, Brandon University. Completing a Master of Education at Brock University. Participant in Theatre Aquarius’ Professional Development group The Junction for creator/performers.  ET CETERA: Mom to ten year olds Maggie and Theo. This performance is dedicated to my brother Michael Hossack.

Randy Hughson

Randy Hughson

Stan

Randy's Bio

Theatre Aquarius: Blackbird, The Nether, Red.  Other theatre: Most recent: Scrooge in A Huron County Christmas Carol (Blyth Festival). 12 seasons at The Stratford Festival. Randy has played leading roles in theatres across Canada, including CanStage, Tarragon, Factory, Soulpepper, Citadel, Mirvish, The Arts Club, Neptune, Theatre Calgary, etc. He has been nominated for 9 Doras, 3 Edmonton Sterlings, 2 Vancouver Jessies, a Calgary Betty Mitchell and a Gemini.  Randy has won one of each award. 

Jeff Lillico

Jeff Lillico

Jason

Jeff's Bio

THEATRE AQUARIUS: Debut.  OTHER THEATRE: Soulpepper (30 productions, including at Signature Theater – 42nd St, NYC), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Shaw Festival (5 seasons), The Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Theatre Passe Muraille/Tapestry Opera, Factory Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, The Musical Stage Company, Mirvish/Studio180, YES Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Theatre Panik, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre20, GEVA Theater (Rochester, NY), & The Charlottetown Festival.  FILM/TV: Nurses, On The Basis of Sex, Designated Survivor, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016), Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Copper, & short films: Separation, The Ticket & Muse Room. ET CETERA: Jeff won a Dora Award for The Light in the Piazza with Dora nominations for Tom at the Farm, The Glass Menagerie, & Our Town. Named one of NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Theatre Artists in 2007. 

Laurie Paton

Laurie Paton

Tracy

Laurie's Bio

THEATRE AQUARIUS: Debut. OTHER THEATRE: August Osage County (Soulpepper); The Children (Canadian Stage & Centaur); The Humans (Citadel & Canadian Stage); The Importance Of Being Earnest (BlueBridge & Persephone). Laurie has worked extensively in Theatres across the Country, most notably for 18 Seasons with the Shaw Festival, including Leading roles in Blood Relations, Misalliance, Pal Joey, Waiting For The Parade, The Constant Wife, Autumn Garden, Hotel Piccadillo, The Little Foxes, Getting Married, The Cherry Orchard, Our Betters, Arms and The Man, Top Girls, Light Up The Sky etc.  FILM/TV:  Burden Of Truth, Private Eyes, Chesapeake Shores, Supernatural, The Christmas Cottage (Hallmark).  TRAINING: Graduate of Grant MacEwan College Theatre Arts Program in Edmonton Alberta.  ET CETERA: Laurie received a Dora Award Nomination for Bob’s Kingdom and a Vancouver Jessie Award Nomination for All My Sons.

E. B. Smith

E. B. Smith

Evan and Brucie

E. B.'s Bio

THEATRE Aquarius: Debut.  Other Theatre: Othello, The Front Page, The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, All My Sons, Pericles, Mother Courage, King John, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure,  Cymbeline,  Elektra. (Stratford Festival);  Othello (Shakespeare BASH’d); The Mountaintop (Grand); Gone With the Wind (RMTC); Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); Macbeth (First Folio); King Hedley II (Karamu); Dream on Monkey Mountain; Before It Hits Home.  He has also worked at Cleveland Play House, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Theater Wit, Great Lakes Theater Festival.  Film/TV: The Beast, Ask Gilby, Maybe By Then, Thunder Bay.  Training: Ohio University, Birmingham Conservatory.  Et cetera: E.B. would like to dedicate his work to his parents and grandmother, and to the memory of his papa.

Tenaj Williams

Tenaj Williams

Chris

Tenaj's Bio

THEATRE AQUARIUS: Debut. OTHER THEATRE: The Color Purple (Citadel/RMTC, Neptune Theatre); Touch Me: Songs for a (Dis) Connected Age, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Charlottes Web (ATP); King Lear, Macbeth (Shakespeare Company); Naughty But Nice, The Paperbag Princess: A Musical (Forte); Sextet (Verb); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rosebud). AWARDS: Calgary Critics Choice Award for The Paperbag Princess: A Musical.

Production Team (click to expand)

“Sharp and threatening as a box cutter blade…ferociously engrossing…SWEAT never feels less than authentic—and crucial.”

– Deadline.com

Tickets and Times For SWEAT

Strong Language, Violence

January 29 – February 15, 2020

Theatre Aquarius Mainstage

Wednesday

January 29, 2020

7:30 pm

Thursday

January 30, 2020

7:30 pm

Friday

January 31, 2020

7:30 pm

Saturday

February 1, 2020

1:30 pm

Saturday

February 1, 2020

7:30 pm

Sunday

February 2, 2020

1:30 pm

Tuesday

February 4, 2020

7:30 pm

Wednesday

February 5, 2020

7:30 pm

Thursday

February 6, 2020

7:30 pm

Friday

February 7, 2020

7:30 pm

Saturday

February 8, 2020

1:30 pm

Saturday

February 8, 2020

7:30 pm

Sunday

February 9, 2020

1:30 pm

Tuesday

February 11, 2020

7:30 pm

Wednesday

February 12, 2020

7:30 pm

Thursday

February 13, 2020

7:30 pm

Friday

February 14, 2020

7:30 pm

Saturday

February 15, 2020

1:30 pm

Saturday

February 15, 2020

7:30 pm

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