Sweat  Humanities Forum

2/16/2020 Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre

Join Huntington panelists for an in-depth discussion about Sweat, following the 2pm matinee performance on Sunday, February 16. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to any performance of Sweat.

This Humanities Forum will feature Lori Nelson, Chief Resilience Officer in the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity.

Lori Nelson is a dedicated public servant. She is currently leading the City of Boston’s efforts to help plan for and deal with catastrophes and slow-moving disasters, like persistent racial and economic inequality. Before becoming the City of Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer she was the Director of Communications and Constituency Services Boston's Housing Authority. Lori has served on the Advisory Council for the Barbara Lee Foundation. She chaired the Civic Engagement Committee for the Black Ministerial Alliance from 2013-2017 and served as Secretary for the BMA (2016 – Oct. of 2018). Lori also served in leadership as the first Vice President of the NAACP Boston branch from January 2017 through April 2018 and now continues her advocacy as a member within the branch. 

Before joining the City of Boston's Housing Authority, Nelson was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the MBTA. Prior to joining the MBTA, she worked for Governor Deval Patrick as the Deputy Director of Community Affairs and Special Projects, where she served as a liaison on community-related affairs, particularly concerning youth, ethnic groups, and coalitions across the Commonwealth, faith-based initiatives, and worked with Public Safety and Health and Human Services on youth violence reduction. Nelson specializes in coalition and partnership building, as well as political strategy in urban areas. Lori studied English Literature and African American Studies at Northeastern University. And is the proud mother of an 11 year old boy, Malachi.



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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