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Sweat: Play Characters

Lynn Nottage
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Evan

Evan is an African-American man in his forties whose physicality Nottage describes as “comfortably puffy” (1.1.5). In the grand scheme of the play, Evan’s character is primarily utilized as a mediation force. His two scenes with Jason and Chris both set up and expand on the overarching storyline.

The audience does not learn much about Evan’s past or what brought him to this field of work. However, based on his interactions with the boys and his commentary on past experiences, it is clear that Evan has been working in this specific area of rehabilitation for a while. Evan displays a tough love throughout the play. While he is open to discussing these ex-convicts’ struggles, Evan maintains firm boundaries in the relationship. This structure is necessary for both his interpersonal relationships with the boys, as well as the overall tone of the play.

Evan is also the only...

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