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May 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 1, 2019

2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama opens at Trustus Theatre on May 17

Trustus Theatre brings its second Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat by Lynn Nottage, to its stage this season. Sweat, the second most produced play in the United States this season, brings to light the harsh realities of what it’s like to survive on minimum wage in one of the poorest cities in the country and the dissolution of the American dream. This play speaks to Columbia’s history—once a regional textile manufacturing center with six mills in operation and 3,400 millworkers—and to how easily the American dream can be lost when the country’s economy struggles. Sweat will open on the Trustus Theatre Main Stage on Friday, May 17 and will run through Saturday, June 1, 2019. It is directed by guest artist Erin Wilson—a Core Ensemble Member of PURE Theatre in Charleston, SC. Tickets may be purchased at www.trustus.org or by calling the Trustus Box Office at 803-254-9732.

This play was written by two-time Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It will be directed by Erin Wilson, a Core Ensemble Member of PURE Theatre in Charleston, SC and the daughter of Trustus Theatre Co-Founder and original Artistic Director Jim Thigpen. The play stars Patrick Dodds (Jason), Steve Harley (Stan), Christine Hellman (Jessie), Darion McCloud (Bruce), Samuel McWhite (Evan), Dewey Scott-Wiley (Tracy), Lonetta Thompson (Cynthia), Samuel Traquina (Oscar), and De’On Turner (Chris) will be making his Trustus Theatre debut.

Sweat will run from Friday, May 17 through to Saturday, June 1, 2019 and tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Trustus Theatre Box Office at 803-254-9732 or online at trustus.org. Opening night is Friday, May 17, at 8pm.

The performances following are on Saturday, May 18, at 8pm; Sunday, May 19, at 3pm; Thursday, May 23, at 8pm; Friday, May 24, at 8pm; Saturday, May 25, at 8pm; Sunday, May 26, at 3pm; Thursday, May 30, at 8pm; Friday, May 31, at 8pm; and Saturday, June 1, at 8pm.

Trustus Theatre believes that ticket prices shouldn’t keep theatre-lovers from being able to experience great professional theatre. This is why they offer one I.P.W.I.C. (I Pay What I Can) matinee on the first Sunday of each non-musical run. For Sweat, the I.P.W.I.C. matinee is Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3pm. Based on availability, tickets can be purchased for a donation of $1 and they are available on a first come first served basis one hour prior to curtain at the box office window. Patrons wishing to guarantee seats are still able to reserve preferred seating for these performances at the regular matinee ticket price.


May 23, 2019
8:00 pm
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Trustus Theatre


Trustus Theatre
520 Lady St.
Columbia, SC 29201
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(803) 254-9732