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- Full Title: Sweat
- When Published: First performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Drama
- Setting: Reading, Pennsylvania, alternating between 2001 and 2008
- Climax: While Jason and Chris are attacking Oscar at the local bar, Jason accidentally hits Stan in the head with a baseball bat, leaving him permanently disabled with a traumatic brain injury.
Extra Credit for Sweat
Reading Rainbow. In 2017, Nottage and a team of fellow artists put on an experimental multimedia experience called This is Reading in Reading, Pennsylvania (where Sweat is set). The project mixed live performance and visual media with the goal of weaving individuals’ unique stories of struggle and success into to a unified narrative about the city.
A Book by its Cover. Although Nottage’s writing often portrays the daily lives and hardships of marginalized people, she’s stated that she doesn't want her plays to be judged based on her race or gender in a way that her white male counterparts’ work isn’t.