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Tickets Available for Final Performances of Nickel and Dimed

Loyola press release - March 1, 2005

Tickets Available for Final Performances of Nickel and Dimed

(New Orleans)-The intriguing and fast-paced comedy Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden, based on Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, a best-selling book by Barbara Ehrenreich will be the first spring production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. The show, directed by Anne James, will be presented February 18-20 and March 3-5 in Marquette Theater.

How does an adult in the United States survive on $6 an hour? In 1998, best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich set out to answer that question, presenting herself as an unskilled homemaker needing to earn a living after a divorce. Working minimum wage jobs as a waitress, cleaning woman and discount store clerk, Ehrenreich wrote a riveting account of the flip side of American prosperity. This arresting, soul-searching and often hilarious adaptation is by Joan Holden of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

A special feature of this production will be the appearance of professional actor Sean Patterson as a guest artist. A favorite performer of local theatre audiences, Sean was the winner of the Big Easy Best Actor Award in 2002. He holds an M.F.A. in playwriting and a B.A. in Drama, both from the University of New Orleans. Sean brings a wealth of professional experience to this production. According to Georgia Gresham, chair of the Department of Drama and Speech, “Sean specializes in comedy and character transformational works. His unique capacity for this style of performance makes him an outstanding addition to our cast and the Loyola community”.

Nickel and Dimed will run in Marquette Theater, 6363 St. Charles Avenue on February 18, 19, March 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., and February 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Group rates are available. For more information, call 865-3824.