“… Passionate and necessary… a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us.” – Time Out New York
“Nottage goes where few playwrights have dared to go — into the heart of working-class America.” – Variety
With humor and tremendous heart, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama speaks directly to the unsettling changes in America. The setting is the steel town of Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest communities in America.
A group of close friends share everything: drinks, secrets and laughs. When rumors of layoffs shake up the factory where they work, the fragile bonds of their community begin to splinter and a horrific crime sends shockwaves across two generations. The neighborhood bar turns into a battleground where race, class, family and friendship clash.
Acclaimed writer Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Intimate Apparel) went to Reading during the Great Recession to understand first-hand the impact of our country’s economic decline. She perfectly captures the true stories of what happened to the American working-class who feel betrayed by the false promises of the American dream. Their struggle to reclaim what’s lost, find redemption and redefine themselves in the 21st century are at the heart of Time Magazine’s #1 Play of 2017.