Sweat is an acclaimed play by Pulitzer winner playwright Lynn Nottage. Set in Reading Pennsylvania, it takes on the hot button issues of our day: Nafta and trade deficits, race, Immigration, education, the middle class of manufacturing, and unions. But it is also thrillingly human, showing how families try to hold together through laughter and memory when the present strips everyone of their very survival.
Producer Stuart Thompson and director Kate McKinnon along with Ms. Nottage challenged me to find a dynamic image that gave us the setting of the play, and a look that could hold both the conflict and the joy the friendships in the play hold.
Design studio Area of Practice worked with me to find photographer Pari Dukovic, and we shot this image on the set of the Public theaters where after a sold out run there, Sweat moved uptown to Broadway.