Objects & Places from Sweat: Play

Lynn Nottage
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This object symbolizes the choice by corporations to target and exploit cheaper labor. These objects are solely in Spanish, which highlights the company's goal of appealing to the Latino/a community when hiring new workers to replace workers who are striking for better pay, benefits, and conditions. This object is used to attract and exploit workers of color, reflecting a main theme of the play.

Picket Line

This object is symbolic of the boundaries crossed during the times of economic recession and how the crossing of boundaries incites anger and even violence at times. This object resides outside of Olstead's factory and is crossed by the temporary workers who are recruited by the company in order to offset any losses they incur during the workers' strike.


This object is symbolic of a wish for repentance, the use of healthy coping mechanisms, and the desire to begin...

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