May 2nd, 2019 - May 19th, 2019




By Lynn Nottage

Directed by Matt Okin

No stranger to dramas both heartfelt and heart-rending, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage has written one of her most exquisitely devastating tragedies to date. In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near futures. Set in 2008, the powerful crux of this new play is knowing the fate of the characters long before it's even in their sights.
Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8PM, Sunday: 2PM
Tickets: $30 Adults  /  $25 Students & Seniors
Tickets can also be purchased at the venue.
Sweat is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Kymbali Craig
Kymbali Craig (Cynthia) a multi-talented rising star who uses her talent and skills to impact audiences and communities everywhere. A seasoned talent, Kymbali has been in several one person shows and various off-Broadway theater productions. Look out for Kymbali on TV on "Law & Order SVU", Netflix, HBO and Showtime. She can also be seen in the award winning film "Pariah" and others. A true renaissance artist, she has also debuted as a filmmaker with "Skin Deep Skin Tight"- a theatrical graphic poetic film that takes an artistic look at the impact of race relations within American culture. For more info check out YouTube.com and Google.com.
Michael Gardiner
Michael Gardiner (Jason) is a NY/NJ-based actor, director, and teaching artist, as well as Co-Managing Director of The Black Box Rep Company. Company Credits (selected): Macbeth (Macbeth), ...Cuckoo's Nest (RP McMurphy), Hand to God (Jason/Tyrone), Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt), Buried Child (Dodge), Twelfth Night (Director). Off-Off Broadway: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City). Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio). Michael holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He wishes to thank his family, mentors, and Larissa for their unending support. www.michael-gardiner.com
Alex Arjuna Hughes
Alex Hughes (Oscar) is thrilled to be returning to BBPAC for Sweat. He is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School at Tisch School of the Arts. Favorite recent theatre credits include Abe in Disgraced, Sandeep in Ideation, and Jordan in Significant Other at BBPAC! He is the co-creator, director, and writer of multiple award-winning web-series. This one is dedicated to Poppy, Bubby, Zaidey, and Cassie-D.
Kirsten Lewis (Jessie) is a New York based actress and producer. Credits include: Trojan Women (Athena), Astonishing Adventures (All American Girl), Stain by Tony Glazer (Julia), and films "Carry On" & "Parliamo Italiano". Her variety show Paper Dolls has been featured in the WSJ, Time Out & NY Observer. She is a member of the National Arts Club and graduated from Boston University with a BA in comparative literature with post-grad work in Italian, photography, and painting at the European Institute of Design in Rome, Italy. She is grateful for the support of her colleagues, family and friends. Special thanks to Simon for all his love and support.
Kentrell Loftin
Kentrell Loftin (Chris) is graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where he studied theatre and had the opportunity to perform in Angels in America, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Hair: The Musical, Trouble in Mind, One Man Two Guvnors, Three Sisters, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Upon graduating, he has had the opportunity to perform with the Stowaways Improv Group and A Dream Play with the Egg and Spoon Theatre Collective. He is excited to be able to return to the stage and once again, tell a story.
Arthur Gregory Pugh
Arthur Gregory Pugh (Brucie/Evan) is honored to be making his BBPAC debut, and elated to finally do a production so close to his Englewood home. A professional voice-over talent who has done commercials for the NY Red Bulls and the FDNY, Arthur took improv classes with John Swist of QuickThinking Improv in NYC to enhance his VO skills, but it steered him more into the field of acting and landed him a role as Mr. Irving in the independent film "Downshift". He's appeared in music videos by Jadakiss ("Ain't Nothin' New") and Dyme-A-Duzin ("That Chicken") and on an episode of Investigation Discovery's "True Crime with Aphrodite Jones". Other theatre credits include Fences (Troy Maxson), A Soldier's Story (Sgt. Waters), Radio Golf (Roosevelt Hicks), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (John Prentice, Sr.) and was "The Homeless Man" in Larry Americ Allen's Shakespeare's Lost Masterpiece. You can keep up with all things AGP at www.ArthurGregoryPugh.biz.
Ellen Revesz
Ellen Revesz (Tracey) is excited to be part of this production of Sweat. Ellen took part in the inaugural production of BBPAC's "Shakespeare in the Park", where she performed Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Hecate in Macbeth. Other BBPAC credits include Spring Awakening, Talk Radio/Griller (in Rep), and the epic production of Peer Gynt. Ellen appeared as Kate in the premiere production of The Grand Tour, winner of the 2017 NJ Playwrights Contest. She performed the role of Katherine Stockman in Enemy: Project Ibsen, both Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Other favorite performances: Almost, Maine, The Threepenny Opera, and Gypsy. Ellen has a BA in theatre from Western Connecticut State University. She’d like to thank her husband Adam for being awesome and her parents for supporting her when she told them she wanted to study theatre in college.
Laurence Wallace Laurence Wallace (Stan) thanks director Matt Okin and the cast and crew of for an amazing experience! BBPAC credits: Spring Awakening, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Talk Radio, Griller, Peer Gynt, Buried Child, Hand to God, Disgraced, Cloud 9, and The Goat Or Who is Sylvia. Theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Philipstown Depot Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Philipstown Depot), True West, 'ART', A Soldier's Story, and Red. He is incredibly thankful to his AMAZING husband Stan, whose beauty inside and out is a continual source of inspiration and strength. He also thanks his wonderful parents for their enduring love, support, and generosity. Big hugs to Maska, his beloved English Mastiff and Instagram Star @maskamastiff (laurencewallace.com)
Jesse Parmelee Jesse Parmelee (Lighting, Audio, Stage Manager, Light and Sound Design) is a Freshman at Teaneck High School in Teaneck, NJ. Tech credits include: Spring Awakening (Lighting) Black Box PAC, Teaneck, NJ, Clue (Lighting), Sprouted! (Lighting and sound) Black Box PAC, Gainesville (Lighting) Black Box PAC, and "Hero" (Lighting) (Music video) "NBC's The Voice" alum Stephan Marcellus. Jesse would like to thank Matt Okin, and the cast of Sweat for the great experience this has been for him.
Matt Okin
Matt Okin (Artistic Director), founded Black Box Studios in 2007 and opened The Black Box Performing Arts Center in November 2015. Recent directing credits include: How To Transcend A Happy Marriage, Significant Other, Spring Awakening, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's NestHair; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (teens), Talk Radio; Griller; Peer Gynt; Buried Child; Hand To God; Heathers The Musical: High School Edition (teens); Disgraced; Cloud 9; Skip & Rivkah's Not-So-Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience; The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?; Blood Brothers A Musical; Evil Dead The Musical; Bad Jews; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (teens); True Groove Productions' Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth (workshop); The Pillowman; and Passing Strange (all at BBPAC); the Off-Broadway premiere of This Time, A New Musical Romance (at Theater For The New City, as well as BBPAC); and the BBS Ensemble's Falsettos "In Concert", House Of Blue Leaves, and Next To Normal (bergenPAC), among many others. As a playwright, director, and composer, Matt's original musicals include: Out Of Whack: The All-Kids Rock Musical (devised, at Theater For The New City), Soul Searching (45th Street Theater, DR2 Theater, D-Lounge, and the NYMF), Generations (various NYC venues and NYMF), and A Match Made In Manhattan: The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience (NYC and national tours). His original plays, produced both in New York and on national tours, include: Beltsville/Rockville Part One: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City); One Innocent WomanSecond Chances, Twist Of Faith, Walter Liked To Sit In His Big Backyard, Cherry Hill, The Ugly Wife, and Pigs. Matt received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts. He has two grad school-age daughters, Rachel and Arielle.
The cast of Sweat
The cast of Sweat