For a group of life-long friends, a night at the local bar is the balm against a hard day on the factory lines. When tensions rise at work and picket lines are formed, their bonds wear and the strength of their connection is tested in the struggle to stay ahead. See all sides in this powerful examination of a community that is formed and dissolved amidst the changing landscape of America.
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Three 2017 Tony Award nominations
Click here to read our interview with actor Ashley Wright, who plays Stan in our upcoming production of Sweat.
Directed by VALERIE PLANCHE
Set Designer SHIZUKA KAI
Costumer Designer JENIFER DARBELLAY
Lighting Designer DANIELA MASELLIS
Sound Designer MISHELLE CUTTLER
Presented in partnership with Arts Club Theatre Company
This production contains loud noises, coarse language, and scenes featuring violence.
Lynn Nottage goes where few playwrights have dared to go — into the heart of working-class America.
… a moral, passionate and richly articulated cri de coeur from one of America's leading African-American playwrights …
Cast & Creative Team
- Lora BrovoldJessie×Lora BrovoldJessie
Select theatre credits include: Bust, Let the Light of Day Through (Theatre Network); A Few Good Men (Citadel/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel); Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Sage Theatre/Shadow Theatre); The Liars, Three Days of Rain (Shadow Theatre); Heroines, Mo and Jess Kill Susie, Fat Pig (Northern Light Theatre); The Invention of Romance (Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre); and My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Theatre Yes). Lora is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.
- Andrew CreightneyChris×Andrew CreightneyChris
Theatre credits include Sweat (Arts Club) and The Shipment (Speakeasy Theatre). Film and television credits include Game Over, Man!, Girls VS The City, Android Employed, Auditions, Rufus 2, Lullaby For Pi, Yes I Do, The Troop, and Little Astro Boy.
- Chris W. CookJason×Chris W. CookJason
Chris is an Edmonton-based film and theatre actor. Select acting credits include Romeo & Juliet (Citadel); The Conversion (Kill Your Television); Wish You Were Here (Plain Jane); Featuring Loretta, and Risk Everything (Punctuate!); The Aliens (What It Is); Cold Pursuit (Summit Entertainment); and Damnation (Netflix). Chris has been a proud union member of CUPE Local 30 for 10 years and couldn’t be happier splitting his time between acting and blue collar union work. Love to Beth and Roxy.
- Alen DominguezOscar×Alen DominguezOscar
This is Alen’s Citadel debut. Previous acting credits include The Audience (Arts Club); Cornwalls’ All Inclusive Cancun Christmas (Chemainus); Rent (URP); West Side Story, Hairspray (Theatre Under the Stars); The Dining Room (Western Gold); and The Idiot (PusH/Neworld). Alen holds a BFA in Acting from UBC, and is a co-founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (web: caltac.ca). Upcoming: Marine Life (Ruby Slippers); Coriolanus (Bard on the Beach); and Anywhere but Here (Electric Company).
- Marci T. HouseCynthia×Marci T. HouseCynthia
Select credits include: Intimate Apparel, Clybourne Park, Disgraced, Sweat (Arts Club Theatre); Timon of Athens/Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach); The Madness of George III/Dracula (Shaw Festival); You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers Theatre); Glengarry Glen Ross (Classic Chic Theatre); The Ladies Foursome (The Grand Theatre); Who’s Life Is It Anyway (Real Wheel Theatre); The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Pound of Flesh Theatre); In The Next Room/The Vibrator Play (Tarragon Theatre/MTC); RUINED (Obsidian Theatre/Nightwood Theatre); and The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse).
- Anthony SantiagoBrucie/Evan×Anthony SantiagoBrucie/Evan
Anthony is delighted to be returning to the Citadel, having previously appeared in Of Mice and Men, Angels in America Part 2, and Peter Pan. Originally from Sherwood Park and currently residing in Vancouver, his selected theatre credits include Dear Elizabeth (Wunderdog Theatre); Dark Road (Ensemble Theatre Company); True West (Sonderhouse Productions); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bard on the Beach); and Two Weeks with the Queen (Globe Theatre, Regina). Special love and thanks to his family, friends, Nya-Manet, James, and AKC.
- Nicole St. MartinTracey×Nicole St. MartinTracey
Nicole now calls Edmonton home and is thrilled to be making her Citadel debut. Credits include: Do This In Memory of Me (Northern Light Theatre/UniThéâtre); Anxiety (Theatre Yes); Bello (UniThéâtre, Concrete Theatre, Young People’s Theatre); WASP (Le Fixe); The Lady From the Sea (Timms Centre for the Arts); Antigonick, and Moderato Cantabile (Guilty By Association/Summerworks). Film and TV: Murdoch Mysteries, VWars, and Played. Nicole graduated from Drama Centre London (U.K.). Thanks to Michael and Luc. Dad, this one’s for you.
- Ashley WrightStan×Ashley WrightStan
Theatre credits: Sweat (Arts Club/Citadel); Hamlet, Comedy of Errors (Free Will Shakespeare); Mamma Mia!, Shakespeare In Love, August Osage County, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Bard On The Beach); As You Like It, Omnium Gatherum, Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter, Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage); The Black Rider, The Fall, The Red Priest, Slavs! (Tarragon); Les Miserables (Mirvish); The Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford Festival); and Floyd Collins (Patrick Street Productions/Talk is Free).
- Valerie PlancheDirector×Valerie PlancheDirector
An award-winning actor, director and instructor with over 30 years of experience on stage, as well as in film and television. Selected
credits as a Director include Constellations (Alberta Theatre Projects); Bad Jews, and Skylight (Theatre Calgary). At the Citadel, Valerie has performed in The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Equus. Valerie was awarded the Michelle Dias Award in 2018 from Theatre Alberta, and the Gina Wilkinson Prize from the Shaw Festival in 2015. This is her directorial debut at the Citadel.
- Shizuka KaiSet Designer×Shizuka KaiSet Designer
Shizuka is a Vancouver-based theatre artist known for her set design and puppets. Select Design credits: Topdog Underdog (Arts Club); Jabber (Green Thumb/Neworld); King Arthur’s Night (Neworld); Flee (Electric Company/Studio 58); Go, Dog. Go! (Carousel); and Hamelin - A New Fable (Axis). Select Puppetry credits: Slime (The Only Animal); Crème-Glacée (Théâtre la Seizième); and The Japanese Problem (Universal Limited). Shiz is a two-time Jessie award winner and four-time nominee, recipient of the Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship, and a graduate of Studio 58. shizuka.ca
- Jenifer DarbellayCostume Designer×Jenifer DarbellayCostume Designer
Jenifer has designed for Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Lunchbox Theatre, Vertigo Theatre, Mount Royal College, University of Calgary, Shakespeare In The Park, the Grandstand Show, Arts Club (Vancouver, B.C.), University of British Columbia, Gateway Theatre (Richmond, B.C.), and Two Planks and a Passion (Nova Scotia). She has her MFA in Theatre Design from UBC. Jen is a working painter, and a mom to two beauties. She is based in Vancouver.
- Daniela MasellisLighting Designer×Daniela MasellisLighting Designer
Credits include: Kamloopa (Western Canada Theatre); The Breathing Hole (Stratford Festival); The Unplugging (Gwandaak Theatre); The Supine Cobbler (The Maggie Tree); The Crackwalker, The Conversion (Kill Your Television); Pinocchio (Alberta Opera); Beowulf (Workshop West); La Corneille (L’Unitheatre); Devour Content Here: A Show (Cowgirl Opera); An Almost Perfect Thing (Workshop West). Daniela holds her BFA in Theatre Design, is a graduate of University of Alberta, a five-time Sterling award nominee, and a full-standing ADC member.
- Mishelle CuttlerSound Designer×Mishelle CuttlerSound Designer
Mishelle is a composer, sound designer, and musician based in Vancouver. Some favourite past projects include: Lysistrata (Bard
on the Beach); Hir, The Events (Pi); Titus Bouffonius (Rumble); Wet (ITSAZOO); and STATIONARY (Delinquent). She will be back in Edmonton soon to design sound for The Candidate and The Party here at the Citadel. Other upcoming: The Matchmaker (Arts Club); and Shakespeare in Love (Bard on the Beach). She has an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. mishellecuttler.com
- Rachel PeakeResident Director×Rachel PeakeResident Director
Rachel is Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre. She has directed for Vancouver Opera, Persephone Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Globe Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième, WCT, Caravan Farm, Belfry, Studio 58, the elbow, Realwheels, Classic Chic, Alley Theatre, and Pacific Opera Victoria. A graduate of the U of A and Studio 58, Rachel spent five years as co-Artistic Director of Solo Collective Theatre in Vancouver. She is a three-time recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award for Directing, and a proud new mum. rachelpeake.com
- Alison MatthewsVocal Coach×Alison MatthewsVocal Coach
Film and television credits include Disney’s Snowdogs, Final Destination 2, Battlestar Galactica, and iZombie. Alison is the Voice Instructor at the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive; is the current Head of Coaching for the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; former Program Director of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program; Instructor at Capilano University; Theatre and Public Speaking Instructor at Vancouver Island University; MFA Theatre, University of British Columbia; BFA Theatre, University of Victoria; Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech, Trinity College London. alisonmatthews.com
- Jonathan Hawley PurvisFight Director×Jonathan Hawley PurvisFight Director
For the Citadel as an Actor/Fight Director/Choreographer: The Silver Arrow, Crazy For You, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, Spamalot, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Penelopiad, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Musketeers, Little Women, Forbidden Phoenix, and Beauty and the Beast. Other credits: As You Like It, Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); Antony & Cleopatra, Three Musketeers, Julius Caesar, Much Ado, Romeo & Juliet, Comedy of Errors (St. Lawrence); Pirates of Penzance, Little Shop of Horrors (Thousand Island Playhouse); Singin’ in the Rain (Chemainus); I Am for You (Concrete). Love to his family, Alana, Fela, and Caddell.
- Jay Northcott *Assistant Director×Jay Northcott *Assistant Director
Ever since Jay was a child, they always wanted to change the world. Jay didn’t develop any world-saving superhuman abilities, so they
make art! Jay is a multidisciplinary director, playwright, puppet maker, solo performer, and advocate for racialized and marginalized artists. Favourite directing credits include: Iphigenia and the Furies (Saga Collectif); Cows (Theatre Junction); and Girls!Girls!Girls (Theatrextra). Acting credits: Premium Content (Major Matt Mason); The Listening Room (Cardiac Theatre); Saddest Dance Party Ever, and Light Skin Dark Skin (Swallow-A-Bicycle).
* The services of Jay Northcott were made possible through Obsidian Theatre’s Associates Program.
- Alaia HamerAssistant Costume Designer×Alaia HamerAssistant Costume Designer
Alaia Hamer is an emerging theatre designer located in Vancouver, B.C. Recent projects include assistant costume design for The Humans (Artsclub); costume for C’mon Angie (Touchstone); assistant costume for Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); set design for She Kills Monsters (UBC); associate costume design for Onegin (Arts Club); costume assistant for Wells Hill (Action at a Distance), among others. Alaia is a graduate of the UBC Theatre Design program 2017, and holds an English literature degree from 2012.
- Rick RinderStage Manager×Rick RinderStage Manager
Rick’s history with the Citadel includes The Heidi Chronicles (1990/91), The Taming of the Shrew (96/97), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (97/98), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (2001/02), Blue/Orange (03/04), Metamorphoses, The Goat (04/05), and Next to Normal in 2012/13. Elsewhere, highlights of a long career include Billy Bishop Goes to War (CanStage), The Syringa Tree (Vancouver Playhouse), God of Carnage (Theatre Calgary) and several tours of Shirley Valentine. Rick lives in Maple Ridge, B.C. with the star of Rick’s Life, Nadine.
- Rachel Dawn WoodsAssistant Stage Manager×Rachel Dawn WoodsAssistant Stage Manager
Rachel is happy to be back at the Citadel. Select credits include: A Christmas Carol (Citadel); The Comedy Company, Fly Me To The Moon, Annapurna (Shadow); The Ladies Foursome (Mayfield); Les Feluettes, The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); The Bully Project (Concrete); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Travesties, The Graduate, Guys and Dolls (Segal); The Other, Bears (Pyretic); A Christmas Carol, Gifts of the Magi (TNB); Dear Johnny Deere (Blyth/Lighthouse); Falsettos (Acting Upstage); Ed’s Garage, Footloose (Grand); Romeo and Juliet (NAC).