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May 17 - June 01 Thigpen Main Stage

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Erin Wilson
MAY 17 – JUNE 1, 2019
*Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama*

Reading, Pennsylvania. A valley town of fiercely proud families who worked for generations in the plants and factories of a thriving county seat. Unions rule, well-paying jobs are coveted and politics are personal. Having grown up side-by-side in Reading, best friends Tracey and Cynthia went from fun-loving schoolchildren to saloon-loving adults who work together on a steel manufacturing line. In a tight-knit community like this one, however, it takes but one fracture in its core for the breaking point of friendship to be seismically tested. Inspired by field research and first-person testimonials collected in Reading, PA, Lynn Nottage’s unflinching, intensely researched, and Pulitzer-winning slice-of-life drama, Sweat, captures the pressure cooker of trying times—where a lethal combination of layoffs, lockouts, and picket lines sends the Rust Belt way of life into crisis, leaving us to ask the question: How do we face change?

May 17 at 8pm
May 18 at 8pm
May 19 at 3pm (I.P.W.I.C.)
May 23 at 8pm
May 24 at 8pm
May 25 at 8pm
May 26 at 3pm
May 30 at 8pm
May 31 at 8pm
June 1 at 8pm

I.P.W.I.C. MATINEES: At Trustus, we don’t want ticket prices to keep theatre-lovers from being able to experience great professional theatre. For our non-musical Main Stage productions, we offer one I.P.W.I.C. (I PAY WHAT I CAN) matinee the first Sunday of a run. Tickets can be purchased for a donation of $1 (of course we’ll take more), and they are available on a first come first served basis one hour prior to curtain at the box office window. Patrons wishing to guarantee seats are still able to reserve preferred seating for these performances at the regular matinee ticket price.

This play is sponsored by Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA.


Christine Hellman
Darion McCloud
De'On Turner
Dewey Scott-Wiley
Lonetta Thompson
Patrick Dodds
Samuel McWhite
Samuel Traquina
Steve Harley

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