‘Sweat’ to open at The Strand

Published 1:38 pm Thursday, May 30, 2024

Actors with the Westside Theatre will perform a Pulitzer Prize winning drama beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Strand Theatre, 717 Clay St. Entitled “Sweat,” the drama is set in the early 2000s in Reading, Penn. and was written by American playwright Lynn Nottage.

Jason King, who is serving as the director of the play, said the plot, which begins in the future and then reverts to the present, focuses on small groups of friends and families from different ethnic groups who work at a factory.

“Most of the scenes take place in the local bar,” King said, where conversations between groups can become less than social especially as the economy begins to shift after the America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed.

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Without giving away too much of the play, King said “Sweat” does have a “bit of a redemptive arc in it.”

Eventually the characters, he said, “realize that no matter how bad things seem to get, it’s the people around you that’s what’s important. Because if you lose sight of that is when things can go bad, but when you find it again, you can bring it back.”

King said this was his first time to serve as a director and it has been interesting to see a play from “the other side.”

“It hasn’t been without its challenges, but you know, we have a really strong support group at The Strand with folks willing to come and help out and put in time and effort even when they’re not part of the show,” he said.

There are nine cast members in “Sweat,” which include Charles Pendleton as Evan; Harper Moore as Jason; Markeith Burks as Chris; Jack Burns as Stan; Cian Miller as Oscar; Stacie Schrader as Tracey; Nicole Harris as Cynthia; Madalyn Mouton as Jessie; and Thomas Murray as Brucie.

In addition to King, the crew consists of Paul Salgado, lights and sound; Daniel Boone, sound editing and voices; Ian Knight, stagehand; and Luanne Salgado, props.

Additional performances of “Sweat” will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, as well as Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, and Sunday, June 9.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse, 1101 Washington St. and at the door.

Due to language and adult situations, “Sweat” is restricted for ages 17 and older.



About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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