"I think we've lost the ability to just be human with each other...and we've lost a way of even talking about what's going on in our country that needs fixing as a collective body. And so that's part of the reason why I think this kind of work is still important." — Leigh Fondakowski
We took a few weeks off from our weekly roundup while one of our editors made some time to be with his newborn daughter. But we’re back this week, and there are some amazing shows up.
As always, the weekly roundup isn’t an endorsement, as we’ve not personally seen everything. It’s our way of keeping you in the loop.
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
The Public Theater
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 line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.
“Notes From the Field”
Created, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby
Directed by Leonard Foglia
Second Stage at the Tony Kiser Theatre
One of the most hailed and provocative theater artists of our time, Anna Deavere Smith, leads a new installation of powerful first-person storytelling in Notes from the Field. Urgent and inspiring, it depicts the personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. Investigating a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities out of the classroom and into incarceration, Notes from the Field shines a light on a lost generation of American youth. Drawn from interviews with more than 250 people living and working within a challenged system, Anna Deavere Smith continues her mastery of the documentary solo performance by stimulating awareness and ultimately, change for the better.
Written and Performed by Sarah Jones
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Tony Award® -winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) returns to the New York stage as a dazzling medley of characters in “Sell/Buy/Date,” an exuberant new show inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry. Brimming with Jones’ masterful, multicultural characterizations, “Sell/Buy/Date” presents an honest, moving and even humorous look at a complex and fascinating subject, all while preserving the full humanity of voices seldom heard in the theater.