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January 16-February 17, 2019
By Lynn Nottage Directed by Elena Araoz Steinbright Stage
"SWEAT benefits immensely from the intimacy of the Steinbright Stage, where the audience... feels as though it is eavesdropping."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, Sweat is an extensively researched portrait of Reading, PA and an incisive examination of deindustrialized America. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage is “at the peak of her powers” (The New York Times) as she encapsulates our current moment in a highly relatable and gripping drama.


 Recommended for ages 16+. View the content advisory. Approximate run time is 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

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Brucie (2/12–2/17)
Brucie (1/16–2/10)
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Scoop Guest: Dakota Granados
What do Lynn Nottage and Shakespeare have in common? Why are Dakota's elbows going to hate him? Get to know our Scoop guest.
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I Am Coatesville Steel
Learn more about the multimedia exhibit that we're hosting in our lobby throughout the run of Sweat.
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Audience Reactions
"I'm still thinking about it." "The cast was flawless." "About as great as theatre gets." Hear what audiences have been saying about our production...
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Enhance Your Experience

Facilitated post-performance conversations with the cast after Thursday evening performances, excluding previews.

January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14

Scoop on Wednesdays

Snacks and lively pre-performance discussions for a behind-the-scenes look into the play with Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale and Dakota Granados, Sweat cast member. Add Scoop to your shopping cart for only $5 when purchasing Sweat tickets, or purchase separately here.

January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13

The Farmhouse Bistro

Dinner & A Show

Packages are available for prix fixe dinners prior to select Wednesday—Sunday performances, beginning at $82 for non-peak performances - up to 15% off the single ticket price.

Brunch Packages

Includes brunch at The Bistro paired with tickets to weekend matinees. Call the Box Office at 610.644.3500 to order.

Open Caption

An LED screen near the stage displays dialogue in real-time, simultaneous with live speech and action. No other aspect of the performance is altered.

February 6 at 2 & 7:30pm
February 7 at 7:30pm
February 8 at 7:30pm
February 9 at 2 & 7:30pm
February 10 at 2pm

Drinks & Dramaturgy

Arrive early to enjoy beer or wine from concessions while exploring the dramaturgy display in the lobby, which features the final exhibition of "I Am Coatesville Steel" courtesy of photographer Darcie Goldberg and the Stewart Hudson Charitable Trust. This project captures portraits of steel workers to create a photographic record through the lens of contemporary artists, and the photos are accompanied by a 25-minute documentary by Elkin Jaramillo. The exhibit was on view this past fall in Coatesville, then traveled to the Chester County Historical Society, and we are proud to host it throughout the run of Sweat.

What's the Buzz?
"People's Light has assembled an exemplary ensemble of players to bring Sweat to life, the intimacy of the Steinbright Stage making it all the more visceral."
Delco Culture Vultures

  • "Such fine nuance, you feel like you are a voyeur to their lives."

    "Elena Araoz directs with a sure yet light hand, giving her actors the freedom and safety to explore the good, bad and ugly about these characters."

    "Funny, challenging, and visceral... I recommend it highly."

    Delco Cultures Vultures

  • "This production was my third... Sweat benefits immensely from the intimacy of the Steinbright Stage, where the audience... feels as though it is eavesdropping."

    "The People’s Light ensemble is strong."

    The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Director Elena Araoz never lets the pace slacken."

    "Set designer Roman Tatarowicz transforms the Steinbright Stage into an industrial panorama."

    "Sweat is a breath of fresh air... something of a national service."

    Broad Street Review