Winner 2015-16

Lynn Nottage

Play: Sweat

Lynn Notage

Synopsis: A sudden lock out at a metal tubing factory shakes up a group of close-knit friends. Their fragile bonds splinter, leading to a horrific crime that sends shock waves across two generations

Cast Breakdown: 3W 6M

Set/Costume Requirements: Four flexible locations


Agent: Olivier Sultan, CAA

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Bio: Lynn Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and a screenwriter. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. They include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, LucilleLortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award and Audelco), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ CircleAwards for Best Play), Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers and Poof!. Her new play, Sweat, premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is currently playing at Arena Stage. In addition, she is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera (commissioned by The Met/LCT).
She is the co-founder of the production company, Market Road Films, whose most recent projects include The Notorious Mr. Bout directed by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin (Premiere/Sundance 2014), First to Fall directed by Rachel Beth Anderson (Premiere/ IDFA, 2013) and Remote Control (Premiere/Busan 2013- New Currents Award) Over the years, she has developed original projects for HBO, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Showtime, This is That and Harpo.
Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, Steinberg "Mimi" Distinguished Playwright Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize, Helen Hayes Award, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. Her other honors include the National Black Theatre Fest's August Wilson Playwriting Award, a Guggenheim Grant, PEN/Laura Pels Award, Lucille Lortel Fellowship and Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton University. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she has been a faculty member since 2001. She is also teaching graduate playwriting at Columbia School of the Arts.


(L-R) Kimberly Scott as Cynthia, Kevin Kenerly as Brucie,
Tara Mallen as Jessie and Johanna Day as Tracey


(L-R) Jack Willis as Stan, Kimberly Scott as Cynthia
and Johanna Day as Tracey


(L-R) Stephen Michael Spencer as Jason and Tramell Tillman as Chris

Sweat at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater 2016. Photos by C. Stanley Photography