Sweat was co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage through OSF’s American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle. The program asks playwrights to write about a moment of change in United States history, and Nottage, interested in the de-industrial revolution, chose to write about the people of Reading, Pennsylvania.
In the 2011 census, Reading was listed as the poorest city in America. Finding this fascinating, Nottage spent two and a half years traveling to Reading and speaking to the community to better understand their situation and how the town got into
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