WILLIAMSVILLE – The Rock River Players present Nickel and Dimed, a play by Joan Holden, based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s book of the same title, Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America. All performances August 1-4 will be at the Williamsville Hall, Dover Road, Williamsville.
Ehrenreich’s memoir chronicles her journey across America as she tries to live on minimum wage. In the script version the audience feels for the author, played by Vicky Santiesteban, as she weaves in and out of the lives of her co-workers who labor to fulfill job commitments while struggling to balance life challenges at poverty wages: Gail (Dawn Slade) the waitress, and others at Kenny’s Diner, dealing with pressures both on and off the job; Carlie (Cherie Moran), an Economy Inn housekeeper trying to find employment in keeping with her declining health; Holly(Sherry Brown), in charge of the Magic Maids house cleaning crew whose craving for advancement is threatened by medical problems; Patti (Sue Kelly), the nursing home cook who escapes into fantasy; and Melissa(Sherry Brown), the Mall-Mart associate who finds in religion the beginnings of self-assertion.
Other cast and crew members include: Bahman Mahdavi, Miles Keefe, Stewart McDermet, Mary Margaret Castro, Johanna Gardner, Susan O’Hara, Connie Baxter, David Roberts, Tanyan Avendano, Maria Pugnetti, Rose Watson, Emi Morita and Annie Landenberger.
As director John Moran reminds us; “Economic justice demands fair pay and medical care for the people who provide our service economy.” From an experienced perspective, he adds: “Since the government has failed, we hope this play will give the community incentive to demand action.”
“Can an fifty-five year old, upper middle class author survive in a low wage economy?” asks Moran. “Come and find out. This 2001 book is an eye-opener, still so relevant today.”
Moran cautions that the play contains adult language.
August 1-3, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7pm,
August 4, Sunday at 3pm
at the Williamsville Hall, Dover Road, Williamsville, VT
Tickets–$10, $7 for students and seniors.