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Today the Office of Cultural Affairs announced that MOJA’s production of Sweat, the Pulitzer prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage, will feature a limited number of special pay-what-you-will (PWYW) tickets for its first performance on Thurs. Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. These tickets, which simply ask audience members to pay what they think is a fair price for the show, will be available at the door prior to the Thursday evening performance.

Sweat, presented and performed by PURE Theatre in conjunction with MOJA, sees a four day run at Dock Street Theatre starting tomorrow, Thurs. Oct.4, through Sun. Oct. 7. Sweat follows the struggles of a community in the factory town of Reading, P.A. over the course of eight years, a time in which Reading was one of the poorest communities in the country.

In a preview of the play, PURE’s artistic director Sharon Graci talked about the themes in Sweat, a story that’s based on a real town filled with real, hardworking people, “What happens when there’s not enough to go around, and how do people turn? How do their affinities and loyalties shift when they are now under duress?”

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If the idea of PWYW is intriguing to you, you’re not alone. PURE Theatre is a fan, too, offering PWYW nights throughout runs of their traditional seasons (their new season kicks off later this month in their new space at the Cannon Street Art Center). Charleston Stage offers PWYW evenings as well; stay tuned to their social media for those upcoming performances.


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