Adams State Theatre presents Nickel and Dimed


The Adams State University Theatre Program opens its 2012-2013 season with Nickel and Dimed directed by Dr. John H. Taylor, professor of theatre. The comedy is based on the best-selling book Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 10. Show dates and times are 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 22, 28, and 29 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 30.

The comedy follows the author Ehrenreich as she works as a waitress, a maid, and at a major retail store. The play asks a basic question: can a person survive earning only minimum wage? According to Taylor, “The action takes the form of a journey. It is a journey that an upper middle class feature writer, Barbara Ehrenreich, experiences as she goes undercover to explore what it means to be the working poor in America.”

While it deals with serious economic and social issues, the play is a comedy with the feel of street theatre. Through parody and satire, it argues passionately for awareness to be raised and attention to be paid to the working women and men who are the backbone of the American economy. “This will be theatre unlike anything that we’ve done before,” said Taylor.

“It will be fun, raucous, eye-opening, and entertaining. It will feature an ensemble of actors playing a variety of characters, a live rock band on stage, digital scenery, and documentary clips featuring ASU students sharing their fears, hopes and dreams as they look to the future.”

In a review of the original stage production, Time Magazine observed that the play is a “rare example of theatre that tries to open people’s eyes to the way life is lived in the real world and maybe even rouse them to action.”

With Nickel and Dimed, Adams State University kicks off the 86th year of theatre at Adams State followed by a season of works that offers something for everyone including a holiday season production of Robin Hood and a spring semester production of the Complete Female Stage Beauty.

If audience members want to see all three faculty directed productions including the popular holiday show, they can purchase season tickets. With season tickets, audiences will receive a discount off 2012-2013 ticket prices and be able to pre-order additional tickets for the holiday show before the box office opens to the general public.

Nickel and Dimed is recommended for audiences 12 years of age and older. Individual tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current ASU identification.

For purchase the season tickets or tickets for Nickel and Dimed, call 719-587-TIXX (8499).