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Nickel and Dimed

  • Music & Dramatic Arts Building Dalrymple Drive Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 70803
  • Shaver Theatre
  • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
  • (225) 578-2562

"Penetrating clarity and sharp, illuminating humor…succeeds beautifully in creating the wearying reality of dead-end jobs and the people trapped in them."
- San Francisco Chronicle

Can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive, when she suddenly is making beds all day in a hotel and living on $7 an hour? Maybe. But one $7-an-hour job won’t pay the rent: she’ll have to do back-to-back shifts, as a chambermaid and a waitress. This isn’t the first surprise for famed author Barbara Ehrenreich, who set out to research low-wage life firsthand, confident she was prepared for the worst. Joan Holden’s stage adaptation is a focused comic epic shadowed with tragedy.