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New York Public Theater performing award-winning play for free in 3 Minnesota cities

The troupe will be in Minnesota between Thursday and Saturday.

Minnesotans have the chance to see an award-winning play for free this week, as the New York Public Theater brings "Sweat" to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The theater company's touring arm, called Mobile Unit, stages its professional theater productions in local neighborhood venues such as libraries, homeless shelters and community centers.

Up until now, these touring performances had been confined to New York City, but this year the Mobile Unit is taking its production to the Midwest for the first time as it stops in Mankato, St. Cloud and Rochester from Thursday to Sunday.

It's fitting that Minnesota is included on the schedule, because New York Public Theater says its Mobile Unit is inspired by Minneapolis' Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, which seeks to bring live, professional theater to those with little access to the arts.

The show that New York Public Theater is bringing to Minnesota is "Sweat," which was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2017, and for which playwright Lynn Nottage won a Pulitzer Prize the same year.

The play, set in a bar in Pennsylvania, is about a group of old friends who work together at a local factory and suddenly find themselves pitted against each other as workers start getting laid off.

Here's where you can see the play free of charge in Minnesota this week. It is recommended 16+.


Thursday 6:30 p.m.

Centenary United Methodist Church, 501 S. 2nd St.

Request tickets by emailing


Friday 6 p.m.

Heintz Center Commons, 1926 Collegeview Road E.

Request tickets at or by calling 507-282-9951.

St. Cloud

Saturday 1 p.m.

Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St.

Request tickets at

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