The Seattle cast of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America will travel to Los Angeles for the first production of the new play following its world premiere at the Intiman Theatre.
Nickel and Dimed, directed by Bartlett Sher and based on the best-selling book by Barbara Ehrenreich, plays the Mark Taper Forum Sept. 8-Oct. 27, where it replaces Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul on as the season opener.
In the opening chapter of her book, Ehrenreich figures out her necessary wage ($7 an hour), a living space (she aspires to afford something as "good" as a trailer in Key West, Florida) and a job (waitressing the dinner shift at the Hearthside for $2.43 an hour plus tips). Through her contacts , she realizes how physically, emotionally and economically hard it is to work for what is considered a living wage.
Adaptor Joan Holden, under the artistic advice of Anna Deavere Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twlight: Los Angeles), has fashioned the book into a stage play. Holden was the principal playwright for the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe from 1970 to 2000.
Sharon Lockwood stars in Nickel and Dimed. Also in the cast are Jason Cottle, Kristin Flanders, Cynthia Jones, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis and Olga Sanchez. Director Sher helmed the Intiman's 2002-03 season opener Titus Andronicus and has had great success directing for Off-Broadway's Theatre for a New Audience. Productions there include Waste, Cymbeline and the upcoming Don Juan, due in spring, 2003.
For ticket information, call (213) 628-2772. The Mark Taper Forum is located at 135 N. Grand Ave. and on the web at http://www.taperahmanson.com.
— By Christine Ehren