Sweat! The play is based on ethnographies that the playwright did in Reading, Pennsylvania, and describes in painful detail the catastrophic impact of de-unionization and deindustrialization on working-class families in the U.S. It makes clear that "free trade" agreements gave employers the ability to destroy unions and thereby demoralize workers with the threat or practice of plant relocation. Unions are criticized for creating an insider network with control of access to jobs, but also come out as advocates for living wage jobs overwhelmed by the forces of neoliberal globalization. The play presents politicians from both political parties as responsible for free trade agreements and completely out of touch with their devastating effects. But its primary focus is on working class people's struggle for survival-- with white, black and Latino/ workers each having different histories, somewhat shared interests, and also facing pressures to avoid unemployment and poverty that increasingly divide them. The end directly takes on the growing scapegoating of Latino/ workers for the decline of wages for blue collar workers.
The Mark Taper Forum is doing a number of "community conversations"
connected to the play that I do not believe require tickets.