Lindsay Barr is the production dramaturg for Everyman Theatre's production of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Sweat." She's also our administrator and sole staff member at the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas. She also has like 4000 more degrees than I remembered. She's also super insightful. We bumped this episode WAY up the queue. With "Sweat" opening this week and midterm elections just two weeks away, this content feels pressing AF.
We talk about the context of the play and dramaturgy life, including:
- The economic downturn experienced in much (all?) of the Rust Belt between 2000 and 2008, and what that meant for blue-collar workers in those communities
- How the events of this era resonate and how they may affect the November 6 midterms
- How much it blows to be poor
- Labor unions and how mad I am about this story in the The New York Times from a couple days ago
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