Positively Philadelphia: Philadelphia Theatre Company's new season

Lauren Lipton
October 14, 2018 - 8:00 am
Paige Price

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's curtains up for the Philadelphia Theatre Company's new season, and it starts with a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. 

"We are opening with a play called 'Sweat,'" said Paige Price, producing artistic director.

"The play centers around a bar based on an actual bar in Reading, Pennsylvania. The bar is called Mike's Tavern, and just like Cheers was the place where everyone knew your name, Mike's Tavern was where everyone would gather after work. They would celebrate birthdays, they would go to console each other. It was a place where they would all go for friendship, comfort and laughter."

The group is grappling with a change in the economy. Manufacturing companies and jobs in Reading were going away.

"Jobs that have been in their families for generations," Price added. "(The play) looks at what it does to the people, their friendships and their families."

The cast of "Sweat"
Anthony Werhun

The cast of "Sweat"
Anthony Werhun

The cast of "Sweat"
Anthony Werhun

Price said the the play is being shown at "one of the most comfortable venues in the city" — the Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard streets. Plus, special refreshments will be served.

"Sweat" will run from Oct. 12 to Nov. 4. Tickets range from $25 to $69 and are available in person at the box office, online, or by phone at 215-985-0420. Season subscriptions are also now available starting at $38.