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  "The starting point of the work of the Proletarian Theatre is not, as hitherto, an aesthetic evaluation of the world but a conscious will to change it." 
-- Erwin Piscator
The Program of the Proletarian Theatre

Now Playing

A play on (not) getting by in America!
by Joan Holden
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays
April 10th - May 10th
(no performance Thursday, May 1st)
Curtain Time for All Shows: 8pm

All performances at the Alt Theatre
255 Great Arrow Avenue in North Buffalo's Great Arrow Building
Admission for all shows: DONATION ONLY!

"[D]aring, direly necessary and unapologetic activist theater."  
Three Stars!!!
-- Colin Dabkowski, BUFFALO NEWS 4/15/08

click here to read this review

"A rare example of theater that tries to open people's eyes to the way life is lived in the real world -- and maybe even rouse them to action."  

"Daring . . . attacks the privileges of 90% of the people who will see it."

     Subversive Theatre is very excited to present the Buffalo debut of one of the most important stories about class inequality of our generation.  Adapted from Barbara Ehrenreich's groundbreaking book, NICKEL AND DIMED is a play that dares to tell the truth about what it's like to do the shit-work in America today!
Click below for more info...
-- About Author Barbara Ehrenreich
-- About Author Joan Holden
-- About this Play's Production History
-- Meet the Cast
-- Meet the Crew
-- Production Photos
-- Return to the NICKEL AND DIMED Mainpage
-- Subversation Saturdays
Buffalo News Review 4/15/08
-- Nightlife Mag. Review 4/21/08
-- WBFO News Feature 5/7/08

-- Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich
-- Interview with Joan Holden
-- Living Wage Campaigns

     Based very much on actual events, NICKEL AND DIMED follows the wild journey of a progressive-minded journalist who goes undercover as a low-income worker to find out first hand about the plight of America's working poor.  Her quixotic saga takes her through five different unbearable jobs in three different parts of the country.  Along the way we meet all the annoying customers, the flaky co-workers, and the dickhead bosses that make living paycheck-to-paycheck as degrading as possible.
     Sometimes funny, sometimes appalling, but always inspiring, NICKEL AND DIMED is a very touching play that boldly reveals many of the hideous inequalities that fester just beneath the surface of modern-day America.
     Our production is directed by Subversive Theatre's own Virginia Brannon* with a cast that features Moira A. Keenan, Kelly M. Beuth*, Paul O'Hern, Jennifer Fitzery, Leon S. Copeland, Jr.*, Jennifer Linch*, Arianna Boykins, Afrim Gjonbalaj, Jessica Stuber*, Justin Fiordaliso, Stephanie Dale, and Tom Izard*.  Set and lighting design are by Dyan O'Connell with sound design by John Shotwell, costume design by Jessica Stuber*, and poster design by Michael Klemm.
     All performances are at the Alt Theatre at 255 Great Arrow Avenue in North Buffalo's Great Arrow Building.  Performances run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm from April 10th through May 10th (no performance Thursday, May 1st).  In keeping with the anti-corporate philosophy of the play, all shows are presented on a pay-what-you-can basis.
     For more information please contact Subversive Theatre by phone at 716-408-0499.  Reservations are not available.  House opens a half an hour before each performance with seating on a first come, first served basis.
     Throughout this production, Subversive Theatre continues its tradition of "Subversation Saturdays" -- after each Saturday's performance we invite audiences to stick around and join with members of the cast and crew for an informal discussion of the play they've just seen.  These discussions are our number one way of getting feedback from our audiences, so we hope you'll join in!  For information on the line-up of specific Subversation discussions, click on the "Subversation Saturdays" menu heading in the above right column.
     NICKEL AND DIMED is produced with financial support from the United University Professions (U.U.P.) Buffalo Center Chapter and a grant from the Arts Council of Buffalo & Erie County.  We would also like to thank the following groups and individuals for the use of space, props, and equipment:

Buffalo Federal Credit Union, El Buen Amigo Latin American Cultural Association, Theater of Youth, Kavinoky Theatre, University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance, Delaware Avenue Pizza Hut, Amvets of Hertel Avenue, Latta Road Nursing Home, Buffalo Re-Use, Helen Demerly, John Izard, and Brian O'Connell.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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