MHT presents Sweat

The American Dream Currently Coming Undone

MHT presents Pulitzer prize-winning drama, Sweat.


(Paducah, KY, January 9) – Market House Theatre presents Sweat, the 2017 Pulitzer prize winning drama written by Lynn Nottage. The show opens on January 17th and runs through January 27th.

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat brings us into the heart of the working-class who are living with the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs in America and are experiencing first-hand the social, racial, and economic hardships that follow. Set in Reading, Pennsylvania in a local bar, Sweat focuses on two closely knit families who have a long history with the Olstead plant and a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. When the machinery gets moved to Mexico overnight, the workers at the plant go on strike and immigrant replacement workers are brought in at lower wages. Long-standing friendships are torn apart, sparking violence that escalates until the riveting end of the play where unintended consequences happen. 

With down-to-earth characters and relatable issues, Sweat goes back and forth in time from the start of the crisis in year 2000 to the plant’s closing in 2008, exploring the heartbreaking realization that a life’s worth of work may not mean as much as it should.

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article showing how rural communities and small towns that have relied on manufacturing are still in crisis even after the recession has ended. With GM’s November announcement of plant closings, the play Sweat is as timely as ever. As soon as I read this play, I knew we had to do it. It’s a snapshot of what is happening across the country: good-paying jobs, benefits, and pensions are being challenged, leaving behind devastation from substance abuse, anger, and the collapse of the American working class,” says director Michael Cochran.

The cast for Sweat is almost all newcomers to MHT. Playing Evan, the parole officer, is newcomer Steven Holmes. The drunk co-worker, Jessie, is played by MHT’s Marsha Cash, last seen in Flanagan’s Wake. Tracey, a factory worker, is played by newcomer Stacy Walker. Jason, Tracey’s son, is played by newcomer Jason Hamilton.  Stan, the peace-keeping bartender is played by MHT vet Brian Johnson, last seen in Casino Dead Money. Cynthia is played by newcomer Paris Jones. Cynthia’s son, Chris, is played by MHT veteran Jalen Harris last seen in Sister Act.  Oscar, a Latino bar worker, is played by newcomer Jorge Manchaen. Brucie, the estranged husband of Cynthia is played by newcomer K.L. Mason. 

This production of Sweat is directed by Michael Cochran, with Jenny Wilks-Mariner as Stage Manager. Set design by Tom Hansen with costume design by Angela Hoerner.

Sweat contains a significant amount of very strong language from the factory characters and brief violence and is not appropriate for children.  Parental guidance is strongly suggested. 

Sweat opens Thursday, January 17th and runs through Sunday, January 27th.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 PM. An additional matinee will be on Saturday, January 26th at 2:30 PM.

Tickets range in price from $17 - $25 for adults and $14 - $16 for students. Union workers may present their union cards at time of purchase to receive a discounted $15 ticket. To purchase, call the Box Office at 270.444.6828 or go online at  

About Market House Theatre:

Market House Theatre had its beginning in 1963 when a small acting troupe had the vision to transform the 1905 public market house into a theatre. Since then, the Theatre has seen phenomenal growth and draws audiences from across the region. The mission of the Market House Theatre is to develop and share the creative abilities of children and adults through arts education classes and the production of plays. The organization also brings theatre into the schools as a teaching tool for math, science, social studies, history and literacy.


Media Contact:

Michael Cochran

Executive Director



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