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It all began in a living room, with a bounty of salty snack foods, and eight Chicago actresses, trading salty stories. The combination of high spirits, female camaraderie and theatrical daring led to a lot of soul baring. But if there was a level of "too much information," no one cringed and ran from the room. Instead we brought out our notebooks, knowing that the juiciest stuff had to be committed to paper ... and then to the stage.
The result of that evening was the show I'm Sweating Under My Breasts. Debuting at the Annoyance Theatre in 1993, I'm Sweating... officially launched us as a collective of writer-performers and was so enthusiastically received that it ran for eight months. When a reviewer finally attended a performance late in the run he dubbed us "one of the small gems in Chicago entertainment circles."
Over the next few years as we developed a series of monologue shows in our own unique style, our burgeoning fan base followed us from dank basement venues to art galleries, and eventually to the gorgeous stage of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. For thirteen years, our loyal devotees have kept coming back, bringing friends and parents (and these days their teenagers!) to see our signature shows like The MotherLode, Sweat Dreams, and Cirque du Sweat, as well as our other hits.
At home in Chicago, and on tour in San Francisco and New York, our work has garnered coast-to-coast critical acclaim. Some of our favorite stories from a decade of performance can be heard on our spoken word CD, Sweat Girls: Almost Live!
To speak with honesty, authenticity and humor about the human condition, as we've experienced it that's our collective Sweat Girls goal. While our work is autobiographical and rooted in the monologue form, we stretch solo performance beyond its traditional structure by collaborating with other artists filmmakers, musicians, choreographers, and visual artists in order to give our audiences a multitude of ways to connect with each story. Whatever form each Sweat Girl production takes, we try never to lose what's essential to our style what Chicago's New City called our "emotional power, heartfelt comedy and strong bonding with the audience."
The Sweat Girls: DIY
The Sweat Girls Are: Tribal Elders
The Sweat Girls Are ... 21 and Finally Legal!
Sweat Girls Size Up the New Normal
The Year of the Sweater!
The Sweat Girls Are a Ga Ga! ... agog, aghast, and goin' gray about it.
The Me, Mom, and Dad Show!
Sweatily Ever After
Sweat Girls: The Life of the Party
2003: Cirque du Sweat
2002: The MotherLode
2001: The MotherLode
2000: The MotherLode
2000: All This and the Sugar Dish Too!
1999: Sweat Girl Swing
1999: The MotherLode
1998: Sweats in NYC
1998: Sweat Retro
1997: The Sweat Girls Are: Pigs at the Trough of Attention
1996: The Sweats Go West
1995: I Just Ooops Until I Wow!
1994: Sweat Dreams
1993: I'm Sweating Under My Breasts
Credits: Posters for I'm Sweating Under My Breasts and Sweat Dreams designed by Martie Sanders.