It's the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar like they've been doing for over 20 years. But, unbeknownst to them, their lives are about to be uprooted. Their steel mill, Olstead's, is making some changes and the blood, sweat and tears, not to mention the generations of loyalty these workers have shown, don't seem to amount to much. These middle class, unionized, steelworkers have made plans to save money, go on vacations and then retire with a nice, healthy pension, but when rumors start flying that the company is considering layoffs, and flyers are hung to recruit non-union Latino workers for less money, the war between community and capitalism begins, and tensions start destroying not only jobs, but also relationships. This poignant play takes a look at the de-industrial revolution through the lens of a history play, but also delves into the issues of today: the economy, immigration, race relations in America, and politics.
Lynn Nottage's Sweat gives us characters filled with the good and the bad. Nottage never tells us who's right or who's wrong, but always shows us who's human. And while its trajectory is dark, even devastating, Sweat is damn funny, too: Nottage knows well that the natural reactions to the assaults of life faced by these particular people are a savage sense of humor, and, more damagingly, a swan dive into the comforts of alcohol and drugs. Sweat moves fluidly between these passages (and others set elsewhere but at the same time) and scenes from eight years before, when the bulk of the action takes place. In the foreground of these scenes, set in a bar favored by workers at the local metal tubing plant, are three middle-aged women, fast friends who together have put in more than 60 years working machines on the factory floor.
Auditions will be held on:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, February 23, 2020, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
You will be notified by email if you are required for callbacks.
No appointment needed.
Actors only need to attend one day of initial auditions.
Non-equity only. Some pay for all actors.
All auditions, and any necessary callbacks, will be held at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre.
Street parking available.
Venice Family Clinic’s parking lot is available on weekends and on weekdays after 6 p.m. Do not park at our neighbors AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will be towed.
Please prepare a CONTEMPORARY (within the last 25 years) dramatic monologue, showing range and character.
Rehearsals will begin Mid-March and are held
Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm,
Saturdays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm and
Sundays from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
Actors are not called for all rehearsals - only rehearsals when they are used for a scene.
The show opens May 2 and runs through May 24,
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.
Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances.
Headshot, resume, and list of all conflicts for the rehearsal period.
All conflicts must be submitted prior to callbacks.
If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced.
In reference to the character descriptions that follow—most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But, however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, gender fluid, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with.
We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities; we encourage Arab, Asian, Black, Caucasian, Latino, Native, and Multiracial actors to audition for all roles. In addition, we will list disability when specific to a character, but are otherwise seeking actors with disabilities as well as non-disabled actors for all roles. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.
We are actively committed to casting an inclusive show that reflects the community.
Non-Equity, no pay.
Y.E.S. does not charge tuition or fees to participate.
Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Kristie Mattsson at email@example.com.