Journey to a Trauma Informed Life


Mainstage Show



By Lynn Nottage

Audition Dates:

  • January 24, 20226:30 pm
  • January 25, 20226:30 pm


Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
1158 East 12th Street
Erie, PA 16503

Auditions for Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, “Sweat”  will be held at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall at 1158 East 12th Street:

  • Monday, January 24 at 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 pm

This show requires an ethnically diverse cast and new actors are highly encouraged to audition.

*Masks are required for auditions and all actors will be required to show proof of vaccination at the time of the audition and, if eligible, receive their booster before the show opens.

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Domenic Del Greco

Show Dates: March 25-26, April 1-3, 7-10, 2022

Rehearsals begin the week of January 31, 2022.

Audition Requirements:  All actors will be asked to participate in a cold read from the script and scenes will be given to you at the time of audition.  If you also have a prepared monologue, we would love to hear it. If you would like to read the script prior to auditioning, copies are available to borrow at the box office or you may email Kate at to receive one digitally.

Synopsis: Sweat tells the story of a group of steel workers in Berks County, Pennsylvania. They 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 desperate fight to stay afloat. A play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity. Please note, this play contains strong language and violence.

Character descriptions: Please note the actors do not have to be these ages but of an age to believably portray these characters on stage.

  • Tracey: Female identifying, 40-49. A steel worker and true company loyalist. She has given her life to the line; funny, brassy, bossy, opinionated and fiercely loyal; as her life begins to spiral out of control she can no longer manage the cocktail of disillusionment and anger that simmers below her surface.  Ethnicity: White/European Descent.
  • Cynthia: Female identifying, 40-49. A steel worker; starting at the plant as a teenager, she and Tracey have been best friends ever since, and have given their lives to the line; focused, ambitious, and sturdy; despite the derision of her colleagues, she applies for a promotion and finally escapes the line and becomes a floor manager; Cynthia’s loyalty to her colleagues and friends is tested when the closing of the plant is announced; ultimately she can’t save them or herself. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
  • Jason: Male identifying, 20-30. He has the strong build of a young man who went from the gridiron straight to the production line; a steel worker with deep working class roots, he is proud of his blue collar heritage and still has faith that his life will be spent in the factory; youthful, tough, funny, and charismatic; in prison he hardens into a white supremacist, his optimism transforming into rage. *Participates in very active fight choreography. Ethnicity: White/European Descent
  • Chris: Male identifying, 20-30. Jason’s best friend; muscular, charismatic, youthful, warm; a steel worker, with aspirations to educate himself and find a life beyond the steel plant; eventually hardened into a disillusioned ex-con; he turns to religion to help him fight his darkness within. *Participates in very active fight choreography. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent.
  • Stan: Male identifying, 50-65. Friendly but stern, a former steel worker who was injured at the plant; is now the bartender at the local bar that the plant workers frequent; he has watched the lives of his customers play out and is deeply empathetic with their struggles; but his word is the rule of law; it would be a mistake to cross this man. *Participates in very active fight choreography. Ethnicity: White/European Descent.
  • Jessie: Female identifying, 40-49. A steel worker; former hippie, with a warm disposition and easy access to her humor; drowns her sorrows in booze; a sloppy drunk whose anger and disappointment with the cards she’s been dealt, bubble up when she drinks. Ethnicity: White/European Descent.
  • Brucie: Male identifying, 40-49. Chris’ father and Cynthia’s estranged husband. Handsome, but fading fast; a former textile factory worker, now a smooth-talking heroin addict. He was once charismatic, but has fully succumbed to his addiction; still capable of being charming, but as his circumstances become increasingly desperate so does his behavior. Ethnicity: Black/African Descent
  • Evan: Male identifying, 35-55. Firm, direct, and no-nonsense; a career parole officer; he is committed to helping his parolees succeed through a mixture of tough love and challenge; he can more than take care of himself.
  • Oscar: Male identifying, 20-30. Colombian-American; a busboy at the local bar; he keeps to himself, always conscious that in this community of the disenfranchised and powerless he is at the bottom of the heap; when the steel plant locks out the workers, Oscar is willing to risk everything to cross the picket lines and seize the opportunity to better his life; although he was born in Berks County, he is still considered an outsider. *Participates in very active fight choreography. Ethnicity: Latino/Hispanic

PLEASE NOTE: All actors who are eligible for vaccinations will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 AT THE TIME OF AUDITION. You will be asked to provide your vaccination card for proof of vaccination at the time of audition.

Auditions, rehearsals, and production will follow the Playhouse’s COVID-19 Protocols, which are available for review here.