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The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

"A nuanced look at the repercussions of economic decline in America's Rust Belt."

Cynthia shocks her friends, a group of factory workers in Reading, PA, by applying for a position in the factory’s management. Globalization and automation bring massive cuts to the factory, unraveling decades-old friendships and exposing the racial fault lines of the town. Can the union strike hold or will everyone have to fend for themselves? This heart-wrenching portrait of the human cost of the decline in manufacturing shines a light on working class communities that often feel left behind. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

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Dive deeper into the themes of the show with moderated talkbacks after the following performances:
Wednesday, March 15th, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday, March 8th & 9th at 7:30 p.m.
In an ongoing effort to make theater accessible for everyone, Northern Stage wants YOU to tell US how much you want to pay! Pay What You Can tickets are only available by calling or visiting the Northern Stage Box Office at 802-296-7000, Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Production photos by Kata Sasvari

Sweat and the Enduring Power of Naturalism
Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winner Sweat is many things: an unflinching portrayal of race relations in America, a meditation on labor and class, and a deeply poignant and at times funny portrayal of unlikely friendships. Framing all of that is a tour de force of Naturalistic playwriting in the tradition of Anton Chekov, August Strindberg, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.

What is Naturalism, and how did it become the prominent theatrical movement in the United States? What is “Method” acting, and how are actors trained in the craft to bring you the performances you see in Sweat and other naturalistic plays in the modern canon? Get a chance to bring out your inner actor with group exercises and theater games led by Dartmouth Acting lecturer and Northern Stage Artistic Director Carol Dunne and Northern Stage Director of Education, Dartmouth Acting Lecturer and Sweat cast member Robert David Grant.

Morning Session only (11 a.m.-12 p.m.) – $25

Afternoon Session only (1:00-2:30) – $35

Full Day (Lunch included) – $79

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Sunday, March 12, following the 5 p.m. Performance

Sweat may be set in Reading, Pennsylvania, but many of the issues explored in the play hit close to home here in the Upper Valley. We are honored and excited to have special guest speakers from Dismas House in Hartford and the Upper Valley Turning Point discuss their experiences and work with us, addressing the experience of rehabilitation and reintegration that are core to both the play and our community.

Dismas House is a supportive community for former prisoners transitioning from incarceration. Dismas provides transitional housing for formerly incarcerated people and recruits university students and international volunteers to live in the house.

The Upper Valley Turning Point helps advance recovery from substance use disorder and addictive behavior. They offer recovery support services, education, and advocacy for social, cultural, and health care parity with other illnesses.


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Thank you to Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, our season underwriter since 2018.