Based on the book Nickel and Dimed, on (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Hutchinson, Kan. – August 7, 2014, The Hutchinson Theatre Guild’s third production of the 2014 season, Nickel
and Dimed, will open at the intimate Stage 9 performance space in downtown Hutchinson.
Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden portrays the events chronicled in Barbara Ehrenreich’s New York Times
bestselling book, Nickel and Dimed, on (not) Getting by in America. Published in 1999, Barbara writes about her
experiences while conducting a social experiment where she attempted to live on minimum wage jobs for one
year. The play follows Barbara as she moves from job to job, meeting people who are struggling to live their
lives. Barbara works as a waitress, hotel housekeeper, maid, dietary aide, and big-box store employee before
finally giving up and cracking under the pressure of the experiment. Barbara’s journey is as humorous as it is
harrowing, and opens her eyes to the reality of those who have no other choice than to make their lives work as
they work their lives away.
Jo Stropes, a Hutchinson Theatre Guild veteran, leads the multi-generational cast as Barbara. Cast members
who are making their debut with the Hutchinson Theatre Guild include Wanda Delventhal, Ashley Evans, Isaac
Glover, Paula Rothe and Chloe Wootton. Ginny Jorns-Brawner and Amanda Moore return to the Hutchinson
Theatre Guild stage to round out the ensemble.
Nickel and Dimed is directed by Charles A. Johnston, Production Coordinator of the Hutchinson Theatre Guild.
Other production team members include Nancy Sliker (Scenic and Costume Design), Maureen Hill (Properties
Design) and Anita Christian (Composer). In addition to his duties as Director, Johnston is contributing lighting
and sound designs to the production. Jordan Hebert serves as Stage Manager.
The Hutchinson Theatre Guild’s performance space, Stage 9, is located at 9 S. Main in Hutchinson, Kan.
Performances for Nickel and Dimed are August 7-9and August 14-16, 2014 at 7:30 pm, and August 10 and 17,
2014 at 2:00 pm.
Nickel and Dimed is intended for mature audiences only. The play has strong language and adult content which
might not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18. It is performed by special arrangement with Dramatists
Play Service, Inc.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for ages 8-14. Children must be eight years old to attend Stage
9 productions. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at hutchtheatre.com as well as at Apron Strings,
located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street in downtown Hutchinson. Tickets will also be available
for purchase at the door.
All seating is general admission. The house opens at 7:00 pm for evening performances and 1:30 pm
for afternoon performances. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first
serve basis. To check availability of seating, please contact the Hutchinson Theatre Guild by email at
email@example.com or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529).
For more information about Nickel and Dimed or to schedule interviews with the Director, cast and/or crew,
contact Charles Johnston at 646-628-4353 firstname.lastname@example.org