“Sweat,” at Everyman Theatre through Nov. 25, touches on the troubled times and lives of steel country in Reading, Pennsvlvania, in the early 2000s amid a union dispute. While the story happens roughly 100 miles away from here, and decades after the painful decline of industry in Baltimore, the tale should ring some familiar bells in 2018 in this once industrially renowned town, Tim Smith wrote in his final theater review for The Sun.
Tonight, Everyman’s actors, former steel factory workers and others will put that local history into modern context with performances, readings and talks at Checkerspot Brewing in South Baltimore. The beer maker, which opened just this past June, is hosting the theater company, and a lineup that also includes a retired machinist, a labor studies academic, the president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO Unions and others to bring the story from the stage into real life.
If the theme of post-industrial grit isn’t timely or relevant enough already, there’s also this: A portion of proceeds from ticket sales on this Veterans Day go to support Baltimore Station, which helps homeless vets get back on their feet.
6-8:30 p.m., Checkerspot Brewing, 1399 S. Sharp St., everymantheatre.org/sweat-our-world-your-stage, $15.
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