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'Floyd's' T. Charles Erickson

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Floyd's

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from July 27-Aug. 31
7:30 p.m.
Every Sat. from Aug. 3-24
1 p.m.
Every Sun. from July 28-Aug. 18
7 p.m.
$29-$78
Theater

Lynn Nottage’s socially incisive comedy Floyd’s, a Guthrie commission, expands upon themes introduced in her critically acclaimed Sweat, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2017. Like that earlier work, Floyd’s is set in an economically depressed section of Reading, PA, a city that has struggled to recover from a collapsing industrial sector. For recent parolees, jobs are especially hard to come by, a situation that makes the titular truck-stop sandwich shop something of a sanctuary in that it not only provides employment for ex-cons, but offers hope that their futures need not be defined by their pasts. These aspirations are expressed through the artistry of sandwich-making, as eccentric acolytes perform their line-cook duties under the exacting tutelage of Zen Master Montrellous. Marking a reunion of sorts for the core talents behind SweatFloyd’s features the return of director Kate Whoriskey, joined by acclaimed performers Johanna Day, John Earl Jelks, and Reza Salazar. Rounding out the cast are Obie Award-winners Dame Jasmine Hughes and Andrew Veenstra, each making their Guthrie debut.