Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Argo Thompson
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay true to themselves and each other.
Evan: Corey Jackson
Jason: Skylar Bird
Chris: Sam Ademola
Stan: Mike Pavone
Oscar: Anthony Martinez
Cynthia: Serena Elize Flores
Tracy: Jill Zimmerman
Jessie: Lydia Revelos
Brucie: Corey Jackson
Director: Argo Thompson
Production Stage Manager: Vicki Martinez
Lighting Designer: April George
Set Design: Argo Thompson
Costume Designer: Sandra Ish
Sound Designer: Joe Winkler
Remote Stage Manager: Jeff Basham
Remote Stage Manager:: Brooke Dengler
Produced by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service
To all our friends and family who have so graciously contributed and allowed us to
do our work from home.
Time and Place:
2008 and 2000
The play is 2 hours and 20 minutes
With a 5 minute Intermission.
Anthony MartinezAnthony Martinez FILM: Donovan Reid (currently available on Amazon Prime video and on Blu Ray and DVD), The Last Hit (to be released in 2020), Quick, Ghettoblaster, The Animal, Cheaper by the Dozen, Bottle Shock TELEVISION: Love Kills (Investigation Discovery), World’s Astonishing Stories (Nippon TV), World’s Crime Mysteries (Nippon TV), 13 Reasons Why, numerous commercials and industrials for clients such as including Polaroid, Apple, Save Energy, Food Network, AARP, and many more. THEATER: Left Edge Theater (Zombietown- TBA nomination, This Random World, Drumming with Anubis), Spreckels Theater Company (Guys & Dolls, Forever Plaid, 1776- TBA/SFBATCC nomination), 6th Street Playhouse (La Cage Aux Folles, Kiss Me Kate), Lucky Penny Productions (Funny Girl), Novato Theater Company (Next to Normal, Into the Woods- TBA and SFBATCC nominations), Cinnabar Theater (Forever Plaid, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha), 42nd Street Moon (Girl Crazy, On a Clear Day, Dear World), just to name a few. In addition to his stage and film work, Anthony is a vocalist and multi instrumentalist who performs with his own band The Core, tours nationally as keyboardist for Cash & King, a Tribute to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, and Petty Rocks, A Tribute to Tom Petty, and is the founder and tenor vocalist with Comfort & Joy, the Bay Area’s premiere a cappella holiday vocal quartet. Also an accomplished martial artist, Mr. Martinez resides in Santa Rosa, CA. www.anthonymartinezonline.com
Jill ZimmermanJill Zimmerman spent years in Hollywood chasing the acting dream. She did many guest star roles on Tv shows , most notably Everybody Loves Raymond.
She was last seen locally in Clybourne Park at 6th St Playhouse in 2015. Prior to that she started in Proof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and
August: Osage County, where she won best actress at the SFBATCC Awards that year.
She is a proud mother of two teenage boys and is thrilled to be working with the talented groups of artists at Left Edge Theater.
Lydia RevelosLydia Revelos is grateful to be back at Left Edge following her last appearance at Andie in Honky and is a big fan of this theater! In the last year you may have seen her get her head cut off as Marie Antoinette in The Revolutionists at 6th Street Playhouse, walk a mile in Spreckles’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and have a nervous breakdown in Main Stage West’s Body Awareness. Other recent favorites include Rapture, Blister, Burn, Animal Crackers, The Sugar Bean Sisters & Betrayal. A native of southwest Ohio, she holds an BFA from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College. Thank you & love to friends and family everywhere!
Mike PavoneMike Pavone has been acting in the North Bay since he relocated from Los Angeles in 2001. He worked in Hollywood as a writer, producer, director and actor in television and film for thirty-years. He decided to leave LA the day he got there but he kept getting work for some reason. Mike was delighted to get back to Northern California where he was raised, in San Mateo. Mike discovered he wasn’t very good at golf when he retired so he decided community theater was the next best thing. Mike loves working with the Left Edge Theater and has played parts in several productions there that he can no longer remember… It’s lousy getting old but the parts are good.
Sam Ademola*Samuel Ademola is a Nigerian born actor, screenwriter and comedian who was raised in San Francisco. He has received training from San Jose State University’s acting program and Charlie Holliday in Sacramento. Samuel has been featured in local commercials, stage productions, and independent films. Recent stage credits from 2018 are A Time to Kill and We Need to Talk. Between Riverside and Crazy will be his first stage production this year and he is thrilled to join the ensemble cast. While off stage, Samuel can also be seen in the upcoming independent film First Date and performing at local standup comedy clubs.
Serena ElizeSince returning to theatre after a hiatus for graduate school, Serena Elize Flores has performed on several stages in the Bay Area. Some of her favorite roles include Yaz (Water by the Spoonful), Columbia (The Rocky Horror Show), Jenny Diver (The Threepenny Opera), Ginger (Becky’s New Car), Rose Alvarez (Bye Bye Birdie), Mathilde (The Clean House), The Witch (Big Fish), Anita (West Side Story), Marlena Madison (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story), Lucy (Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors), Tiger Lily (Peter Pan), Nickie (Sweet Charity), and Francine/Lena (Clybourne Park) for which she received a 2015 Best Actress nomination from the Theatre Bay Area Awards. When not performing she can be found frolicking on her 4 acres with her husband, 2 dogs, and 9 chickens.
Skylar BirdSkylar is an actor, director, and lighting designer by night who daylights as a residential electrician. Favorite acting roles include: Macbeth, Freddy (Noises Off), Rosencrantz (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead), and Nick (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?). He's grateful to have the opportunity to immerse himself in Nottage's work with this team; both for the creative outlet, as well as for the sense of community and connection during this isolated time.
The Cast & Crew
Lynn Nottage is a playwright and a screenwriter. She is the first, and remains the only, woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world.
Her play Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Evening Standard Award, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Tony Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination) moved to Broadway after a sold-out run at The Public Theater. It premiered and was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival American Revolutions History Cycle/Arena Stage. Inspired by her research on Sweat, Nottage developed This is Reading, a performance installation based on two years of interviews, at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA in July 2017.
— Lynn Nottage