Mobile Unit National

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit breaks down economic and geographic barriers to the arts by meeting our communities where they are, staging free professional theater productions in local neighborhood venues such as libraries, homeless shelters, and community centers across all five New York City boroughs. This reimagining of The Public Theater’s original Mobile Theater is inspired by Ten Thousand Things Theater in Minneapolis, MN.

The Mobile Unit National initiative represents our first expansion of this program beyond New York. Mobile Unit National will produce an 18-stop tour of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play SWEAT in Fall 2018, traveling through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Each tour stop will be supported by tailored artistic engagement activities designed to amplify the voices of local communities in the Rust Belt and Midwest, and to powerfully connect their stories to a larger national narrative.

ABOUT SWEAT

SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat. Recommended for ages 16+.
 

September 24
New York, New York

September 25
New York, New York

September 27
Erie, Pennsylvania

September 28
Ashtabula, Ohio

September 29
Meadville, Pennsylvania

October 2
Akron, Ohio

October 3
Ravenna, Ohio

October 5
Macomb, Michigan

October 6
Saginaw, Michigan

October 8
Eaton Rapids, Michigan

October 9
Albion, Michigan

October 11
Mankato, Minnesota

October 12
Rochester, Minnesota

October 13
St Cloud, Minnesota

October 16
Kenosha, Wisconsin

October 17
Janesville, Wisconsin

October 18
Columbus, Wisconsin

October 19
Sauk City, Wisconsin

October 21
Viroqua, Wisconsin

October 23
Hayward, Wisconsin

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September 24, 2018
6:30pm

Pelham Fritz Recreation Center
18 Mount Morris Park West
New York, NY 10027

RSVP: email manhattan.acf@parks.nyc.gov

a collaboration with NYC Parks


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New York, New York
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September 25, 2018
6:30pm

Brownsville Recreation Center
1555 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11212

RSVP: email brooklyn.rsvp@parks.nyc.gov

a collaboration with NYC Parks


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Erie, Pennsylvania
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September 27,  2018
6:30pm

Climate Changers: Total Change Program
314 East 11th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16503

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweaterie or call (814) 616-4798

a collaboration with Climate Changers Total Change Program, Erie Arts and Culture, The City of Erie, and Dramashop


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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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September 29, 2018
7:00pm

Voodoo Brewery Production Facility and Event Pub
834 Bessemer Street
Meadville, PA 16335

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatmeadville or call 814-337-8206

a collaboration with MyMeadville and the National Manufacturing and Tooling Association


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Ashtabula, Ohio
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September 28, 2018
5:30pm

G O Chapel Ministries
3703 Station Avenue
Ashtabula, OH 44004

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatashtabula or call (440) 997-9341 

a collaboration with Ashtabula Public Library, Aim Higher Ashtabula, and G.O. Ministries


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Ravenna, Ohio
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October 3, 2018
6:30pm

I.C. Social Hall
251 W Spruce Ave
Ravenna, OH 44266

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatravenna or call (330) 296-2827

a collaboration with Reed Memorial Library


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Akron, Ohio
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October 2, 2018
6:00pm

Kenmore Masonic Temple
1009 Kenmore Blvd.
Akron, OH 44314 

RSVP: sweatkenmore.eventbrite.com

a collaboration with KenMore Kreative, Victory Lodge #1160, ArtsNow, and Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance


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Macomb, Michigan
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October 5, 2018
6:30pm

Macomb Community Action Family Resource Center
196 N Rose St
Mt Clemens, MI 48043

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatmacomb or call (586) 469-5905

a collaboration with One Macomb


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Saginaw, Michigan
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October 6, 2018
7:00pm


St John's Episcopal Church
123 N Michigan Ave
Saginaw, MI 48602

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatsaginaw or call (989) 964-7496

a collaboration with Saginaw Valley State University


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Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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October 8, 2018
7:00pm

Miller Farm
635 State Street
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweateatonrapids or call (517) 663-8118

a collaboration with Eaton Rapids Area District Library


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Albion, Michigan
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October 9, 2018
7:00pm

Marshall Opportunity High School Cafeteria
225 East Watson Street
Albion, MI 49224

RSVP: http://thepublic.nyc/sweatalbion or call 517-960-2029

a collaboration with the Albion Marshall Resilient Communities Project, Albion District Library, Marshall District Library, and the Albion Big Read

 


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Columbus, Wisconsin
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October 18, 2018
6:30pm

Columbus Senior Citizens Center
125 N Dickason Blvd
Columbus, WI 53925

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatcolumbus or call (920) 623-5910

a collaboration with the Columbus Public Library


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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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October 16, 2018
7:00pm

UAW Local 72 Hall
3615 Washington Road
Kenosha, WI 53144

RSVP: http://www.mykpl.info/sweat-lynn-nottage or call 262-564-6130

in collaboration with Kenosha Public Library


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Janesville, Wisconsin
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October 17, 2018
6:30pm

UAW Hall
1795 Lafayette Street
Janesville, WI 53546

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatjanesville or call 608-758-5803

a collaboration with United Auto Workers Local 95 and Hedberg Public Library


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October 19, 2018
7:00pm

Sauk Prairie Community Center
730 Monroe St
Sauk City, WI 53583

RSVP: http://thepublic.nyc/sweatsaukcity or call 608-643-8348


a collaboration with the Sauk City Library, Sauk Prairie Recreation Department, and American Players Theater


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Viroqua, Wisconsin
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October 21, 2018
2:00pm

Viroqua VFW
751 S Washington Avenue
Viroqua, WI 54665

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatviroqua or call 608-632-0224

a collaboration with Viroqua Rotary Club


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Hayward, Wisconsin
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October 23, 2018
7:00pm

LCO Community College
13466 W Trepania Rd
Hayward, WI 54843

RSVP: Tickets available 10/1 at Hayward Public Library, Art Beat of Hayward, and the LCO College. For info call 715-934-4829.

a collaboration with Lac Courte Oreilles Community College and Hayward Rotary Club


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Rochester, Minnesota
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October 12, 2018
6:00pm

Heintz Center Commons
1926 Collegeview Road E
Rochester, MN 55904

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatrochester or call (507) 282-9951

a collaboration with the Guthrie Theater


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Mankato, Minnesota
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October 11, 2018
6:30pm

Centenary United Methodist Church
501 S 2nd St
Mankato, MN 56001

RSVP: sweatmankato@gmail.com

a collaboration with the Guthrie Theater, Blue Earth County Homeless Response Team and Centenary Justice Ministries


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St. Cloud, Minnesota
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October 13, 2018
1:00pm

Great River Regional Library
1300 W. St Germain Street
St Cloud, MN 56301

RSVP: thepublic.nyc/sweatstcloud

a collaboration with the Guthrie Theater

 


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play_circle_outline Lynn Nottage on the origins of SWEAT

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Mobile Unit National is made possible by:

Additional support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

Mobile Unit is made possible with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Tow Foundation, The McLaughlin Children's Trust, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Additional support provided by JetBlue Airways, Open Society Foundations, Susan & David Edelstein, The MAE Private Foundation, and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.