Sweat

by

Lynn Nottage

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Chris

Chris is a young African American man; he’s Cynthia and Brucie’s son and Jason’s best friend. In 2008, Chris and Jason are 29 years old and have just been released from eight-year prison… read analysis of Chris

Jason

Jason is a young white man of German descent; he’s Tracey and Hank’s son and Chris’s best friend. In 2008, Jason and Chris are 29 years old and have just been released from… read analysis of Jason

Tracey

Tracey is a middle-aged white woman of German descent; she’s Jason’s mother and Hank’s widow. In 2000, Tracey and her best friends, Cynthia and Jessie, have worked at Olstead’s Steel Tubing in… read analysis of Tracey

Cynthia

Cynthia is a middle-aged African American woman; she’s Chris’s mother and Brucie’s wife. In 2000, Cynthia and her best friends Tracey and Jessie have worked at Olstead’s Steel Tubing in Reading, Pennsylvania, for… read analysis of Cynthia

Oscar

Oscar is a young Colombian American man; he’s the busboy at the bar in Reading, Pennsylvania, where most of the play’s scenes takes place. In 2000, as the only Latinx character in the story, 22-year-old… read analysis of Oscar
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Stan

Stan is a white man of German descent in his fifties. In 2000, he’s the bartender at the bar in Reading, Pennsylvania, where most of the play takes place. Stan became the bartender after losing… read analysis of Stan

Jessie

Jessie is an Italian American woman in her forties; she’s a close friend and coworker of Tracey and Cynthia. In 2000, Jessie and her friends have worked at Olstead’s Steel Tubing in Reading, Pennsylvania… read analysis of Jessie

Brucie

Brucie is an African American man in his forties; he’s Chris’s father and Cynthia’s estranged husband. In 2000, nearly two years after being locked out from the textile mill where he works, Brucie… read analysis of Brucie

Evan

Evan is an African American man in his forties; in 2008, he’s Chris and Jason’s parole officer after they’re released from their eight-year prison sentences. Evan encourages Chris and Jason to be straightforward with… read analysis of Evan

Hank

Hank was Tracey’s husband and Jason’s father. He passed away prior to the events that take place in 2000; it’s implied that he was killed in a work-related accident at Olstead’s Steel Tubing… read analysis of Hank

Freddy Brunner

Freddy is a mutual acquaintance of Tracey, Cynthia, Jessie, and Stan who works at Olstead’s Steel Tubing. Near the beginning of the play, an article appears in Reading, Pennsylvania’s local paper reporting… read analysis of Freddy Brunner

Howard

In 2000, Howard is the manager of the bar in Reading, Pennsylvania, where most of the play takes place. He oversees Stan, the bartender, and Oscar, the busboy. In 2008, when Chris and… read analysis of Howard