NICKEL AND DIMED
A play on (not) getting by
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!
direly necessary and unapologetic activist theater."
-- Colin Dabkowski, BUFFALO NEWS 4/15/08
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."
-- TIME MAGAZINE
"Daring . . . attacks
the privileges of 90% of the people who will see it."
-- LOS ANGELES TIMES
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!
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.
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:
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.