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Toronto: Cast announced for Toronto premiere of Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat”

Monday, September 23, 2019

Canadian Stage and Studio 180 Theatre are pleased to announce the cast for the Torontopremiere production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat by Lynn Nottage. A Canadian Stage andStudio 180 co-production, performances begin on January 14, 2020 at the Berkeley Street Theatre.

Directed by award-winning actor, director and educator David Storch, the stellar cast includes veteranShaw and Stratford award-winning actor Kelli Fox (Penelopiad, Nightwood Theatre) as Tracey, award-winning stage and screen actor Allegra Fulton (CTV’s Cardinal, CBC’s Schitt’s Creek, Oscar winning filmThe Shape of Water) will play Jessie, major theatre and TV actor Ordena Stephens-Thompson (Fences atGrand Theatre, Bravo’s The Handmaid's Tale, CTV’s Designated Survivor) will play Cynthia and DoraAward-winning, Gemini Award-nominated actor Maurice Dean Wint will play Evan. The cast alsoincludes Christopher Allen, Jhonattan Ardila, Peter N. Bailey, Timothy Dowler-Coltman and Ron Lea, withSabryn Rock as Assistant Director.

Written by Time 100 Most Influential People 2019 recipient Lynn Nottage, Sweat is a searingexamination of industrial decline, race, politics, and friendship. Declared by The New York Times as “Amust-see,” Sweat was the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for an OlivierAward and three Tony Awards including Best Play.

Sweat chronicles the lives of a group of friends working in a steel mill. When rumours surface that thecompany is considering layoffs and flyers are hung to recruit non-union workers for less money, the warbetween community and capitalism begins and tensions start to destroy not only jobs, but friendships.


January 14-Febraury 2 at the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St.

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Photo: Cover of play script of Sweat. © 2018 Nick Hern Books.