Nearly a decade ago, journalist and social activist/critic Barbara Ehrenreich published Nickel and Dimed (Metropolitan Books, 2001), a sobering look at her personal attempts to sustain herself as a low-wage worker day by day in America. In 1999 and 2000, Ehrenreich worked â€œundercoverâ€ in three low skill/low wage jobs – as a waitress in Key West, as a cleaning woman and a nursing home aide in Portland, Maine, and in a Wal-Mart in Minneapolis. The resulting memoir was a bestseller and remains one of the most popular book club and one community/one book choices in the nation.
Joan Holden adapted Ehrenreichâ€™s non-fiction bestseller for the stage in 2002. A staged reading of the Joan Holden adaptation will be held on Thursday and Friday, December 2 and 3, at 7 PM in the Pasant Theatre at MSUâ€™s Wharton Center. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Wharton Center box office. An audience discussion will be led by MSUâ€™s Center for Gender in Global Context after the staged reading. or more information, visit the Wharton Center website: http://whartoncenter.com/boxoffice/performance.aspx?pid=1063