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 Jason return to the bar after they’re released from prison, they find that Howard has retired to Phoenix, Arizona, and that Oscar has taken over the bar as manager.
Howard Character Timeline in Sweat
The timeline below shows where the character Howard appears in Sweat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
Act 2, Scene 5
Act 2, Scene 8
...new crowd—the customers have been mostly college kids since Olstead’s closed. He tells Chris that Howard retired to Phoenix—Oscar is the manager and weekend bartender now, which impresses Chris. (full context)