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Sweat: Play Themes & Motifs

Lynn Nottage
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Status

Nottage addresses the theme of social status, specifically in how the characters’ lives and relationships are shaped based on job position, socio-economic class, and education.

One of the major plot points in this ensemble driven piece is Cynthia’s promotion to management at Olstead’s factory. Reading, Pennsylvania is an industrial town with an emphasis on blue collar jobs. At the beginning of 2000, every character is either part of the working class or experiencing the repercussions of union strikes. When Cynthia is promoted, the difference of social status is directly introduced. An immediate divide is created between Cynthia and her friends. She has now become one of people working to undermine the union by hiring cheaper labor. This change proves to be an advantage for Cynthia professionally, but a disadvantage personally. Moving up the corporate ladder results in a loss of friendships and social exclusion.

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