Students enrolled in the Foothill College Theatre Arts Department present Nickel & Dimed, based on the book Nickel & Dimed, On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich, May 24 through June 9 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The production is directed by Foothill College Theatre Arts Instructor Tom Gough.
Written by Joan Holden, Nickel & Dimed asks can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive when she suddenly must make beds all day in a hotel and live 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. An acclaimed author, Ehrenreich set out to research low-wage life firsthand, confident that she was prepared for the worst. Her best-seller about her low-wage odyssey is vivid and witty, yet always deeply sobering.
Thursday evening performances are May 30 and June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening shows are May 24, 25, 31, June 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are June 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.
Foothill's Nickel & Dimed features Valerie Allen of San Mateo, as well as Peggy Lynch of Atherton; Martin “Koby” Kobylecky of Fremont; Katie Ruppert of Millbrae; Beverly Hansberry of Milpitas; Jerris Ramirez, Nicholas Schmittzeh and Rome Silvas of Mountain View; Helena G. Clarkson, Soma Mitra and Guldem “Aisha” Tanyeri of Palo Alto; Chloe Aknin, Georgie Anaya, Ivette Deltoro, Megan McNulty, Joanne Nguyen, Brittany Pirucki, Danraj Rajasansi, Patrick Ross, Julia Rotakhina, Erin Southard and Mikey Weiland of San Jose; and Prtiksha Shah of Sunnyvale.
The production includes scenic design by Bruce McLeod, costume design by Carol Clever and stage management by Charnee Young.
Tickets are $18, general admission; $14, seniors, students and all Foothill-De Anza District personnel; and $10, students with OwlCard and Foothill College personnel (in-person purchase only). Group discounts available. Order tickets online at www.foothill.edu/theatre or by phone from the Foothill College Box Office at (650) 949-7360.
Parking Lots 1 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Patrons must purchase the required campus parking permit for $3. Purchase permit online at www.foothill.edu/theatre or at dispensers in any student lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. For additional information, access www.foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7360.