Nickel and Dimed comes to FPU--Fall play examines life for the working poor

The life of the working poor comes to the stage at FPU presents "Nickel and Dimed" as its fall mainstage production.

"Nickel and Dimed" will be at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 8-10 and 15-17, in Ashley Auditorium on the FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, south of the intersection of Chestnut and Butler. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more, call the Arts Office at 559-453-2267.

Barbara Ehrenreich wrote a bestselling book about leaving her middle class life to take on jobs as a waitress, retail clerk, personal and hotel housekeeper and caretaker in a facility for people with Alzheimer's. "Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America" is her account of getting by (or not) on low-paying jobs. Joan Holden adapted the book into a play in 2005.

The audience is invited to join discussions after the play November 8 and 10, when cast and faculty members discuss the issues raised by the production. Actors include Jennifer Smith, Tulare; Donna Carr, Sanger; Stephen Kodur, Dinuba; Nicole Lanctot, Clovis; Ebony Marquez, Orosi; Lorena Velasquez, Leemore; and Melody Whiteaker, Morgan Hill. Julia Reimer, drama program director, directs the play.