Following the reading, members of the Center for Gender in Global Context will facilitate a 20-minute discussion with the audience about the issues raised in the play.
Can a middle-class woman actually survive while working at a series of low-wage jobs? Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed bestseller about her odyssey is vivid and witty, yet always deeply sobering. Joan Holden's stage adaptation is a focused comic epic shadowed with tragedy. Barbara is prepared for hard work, but not at age 55, for double shifts and non-stop aches and pains, fast food, food pantries and for ultimately failing to make ends meet or for constantly having to swallow humiliation. The worst she learns is not what happens to the back or knees, but what happens to the heart. Through the course of the play, Barbara meets a nation of low-wage workers from waitresses to maids and mega-store floor workers who become indelible characters. These characters wage their life struggles with a gallantry that humbles Barbara and the audience.
Age Rating: Strong language and mature content. Recommended for ages 16 and older.