SWEAT is only the beginning | The Reading Project continues Lynn Nottage’s examination of de-industrialization in America

When SWEAT, the new play by Lynn Nottage getting its world premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is gone, Reading (pronounced “red-ing”), Pennsylvania will still be there.

And then what?

Nottage has spent several years visiting Reading gathering material for her play. But she did not want that to be the end of a heightened focus on de-industrializing American towns.

To continue the dialog and also give something back to the town, Nottage has created The Reading Project (again pronounced “red-ing as in the town), a collaboration between Market Road Films, which is run by Nottage and Tony Gerber, and New York’s Labyrinth Theatre Company.

So far you can see a few videos on Market Road Films’ Vimeo that feature some of the voices Nottage heard on her trips to Reading.

But there’s more coming up. And you know with Nottage and Labyrinth involved, you’re going to want to see what they come up with. So watch this space.

NICE GIRL by Melissa Ross at Labyrinth Theater Company

Sometimes subdued, restrained storytelling is all we need. On one of New York’s great small stages (one that is all too often buried knee deep in artificial profanity), Melissa Ross spins a touching and true portrait of something real. Wonderfully rewarding night in the theatre with top performances all around.

Thru June 14