Sweat : A Conversation with Phillip Martin

2/23/2020 Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre

Join us for a conversation with Phillip Martin, WGBH's senior investigative reporter, following the 2pm performance on February 23.


Phillip Martin (WGBH News) is a Senior Investigative Reporter for WGBH News (New England) Center for Investigative Reporting. Since joining WGBH in the spring of 2010, he has reported on human trafficking, immigration, gangs, politics and race, the Boston Marathon bombing, police shootings, police training and race, the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements, and the fishing industry in New England, among other topics. On WGBH-TV, he is a regular panelist for Basic Black and hosted PBS’s World Compass 2012 presidential primary coverage. He is a contributing reporter to PRI’s The World, a national program, which he helped develop as a senior producer in 1995. 

He earned a master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and studied international protection of human rights law at Harvard Law School as well as journalism at the University of California at Berkeley in the Program for Minority Journalists. He was a Senior Fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, a Harvard University Nieman Fellow (1997-1998), an International Center for Journalists Fellow, a US-Japan Fellow and a Pulitzer-Center grantee (2018). 

He has received numerous awards for investigative reporting and other journalism and civic engagement honors over the course of his career, most recently the Caste Media Award from Brandeis University for reporting on this divisive issue and the 2019 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting 



by Lynn Nottage | Directed by Kimberly Senior
Extended by popular demand | Jan. 31 – Mar. 1, 2020
Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue

The Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Play by Lynn Nottage (Ruined) comes alive in a moving and urgently relevant new production directed by Kimberly Senior (The Niceties). Based on interviews with the residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of close friends struggle to stay connected when their factory is at risk of collapse. In a neighborhood bar, each of them reaches for their piece of the American dream. Can their friendships survive this test? Nottage weaves a tale of trust and doubt, longtime bonds and short-term possibilities. The New York Times raves, “Superb… Nottage is writing at the peak of her powers.”

Please note: Sweat plays in approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, with one ten-minute intermission. This production includes the smoking of cocoa shell cigarettes (100% nicotine free). Learn more about content advisories for this production.

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