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Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius presents “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage January 29-February 15

Friday, January 17, 2020

Theatre Aquarius is proud to welcome to the stage Lynn Nottage’s brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, SWEAT – a powerful story the New Yorker calls “a tough yet empathetic portrait of the America that came undone.

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 years. These workers have planned to save money and then retire with a nice, healthy pension. But their mill is making changes and the generations of loyalty these workers have shown don’t seem to amount to much. The company is considering layoffs, the war between community and capitalism begins, and tensions start destroying not only jobs, but relationships.

SWEAT is Directed by Theatre Aquarius Artistic Director Ron Ulrich. The Set and Costume Design is by Doug Paraschuk, Lighting Design by Wendy Lundgren Sound Design by Creighton Doane and Fight Direction by Simon Fon. The show stars Nehassaiu deGannes, René Escobar Jr., Allison Hossack, Randy Hughson, Jeff Lillico, Laurie Paton, E. B. Smith, and Tenaj Williams. The Stage Manager is Beth Bruck with Jasmyne Leisemer (Assistant Stage Manager), and Katie Fitz-Gerald (Apprentice Stage Manager).

SWEAT will run from January 29 - February 15, 2020, with performances Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30pm.  Tickets range from $30 - $85. Opening Night is January 31st at 7:30pm. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling the box office at 905.522.7529 (toll free 1.800.465.7529), or in person at Theatre Aquarius, 190 King William Street, Hamilton. 

 Theatre Aquarius is Hamilton’s regional professional theatre. We produce work of the highest quality, premiere new plays, develop the skills of professional artists, invest in youth and families and contribute to the quality of life in this region. Theatre Aquarius acknowledges the support of The City of Hamilton, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, as well as the Incite Foundation for the Arts, The Hamilton Future Fund, The Hamilton Community Foundation and “Mr. Ron” and Donna Patterson (47th Season Sponsors).