Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden, based on NICKEL AND DIMED, ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA by Barbara Ehrenreich

Thursday, October 20 at 8pm

Friday, October 21 at 8pm SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 pm FINAL SHOW includes 1pm free discussion about Fair Wage, Free Babysitting, Free Audio Description for the Visually Impaired. Reservations required in advance. thejusticetheaterproject@gmail.com919-264-7089

  St. Francis of Assisi, Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613    919-264-7089

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 Can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive on minimum wage making beds all day at a hotel?  Maybe. Ehrenreich’s bestseller is vivid and witty and Joan Holden’s stage adaptation is rich in humor.  The bright and resilient glimpses into the lives of people being nickel and dimed create a heartrending reality for the stage.  "A rare example of theater that tries to open people's eyes to the way life is lived in the real world—and maybe even rouse them to action." —Time Magazine.

“...Nickel and Dimed reminds us that the promise of a good day's pay for a good day's work is, for a large swath of the population, a quaint fantasy.   Ehrenreich's research was conducted in the late 90’s, and perhaps the most disturbing thought of all is how far we haven't come since then."                                    Chicago Theatre Review


Events During the Show:

Friday, October 7 8:00 p.m. Show - 7:00 p.m. Free discussion about Fair Wage led by Jeanne Tedrow of Passage Home, Inc.  Opening Night After Show Complimentary Reception with the Cast.

Sunday, October 9 3:00 p.m. Show   $14 admission day. Students $10.

Saturday, October 15 - 8:00p.m. show - 7:00 p.m. Free discussion about Fair Wage led by Patrick McHugh of the NC Justice Center.

Saturday, October 22, 2:00 p.m. Show - 1:00 p.m. Free discussion about Fair Wage led by Andrew Arden of the NC State University Caldwell Fellows. 

Audio Described & Free Child Care Visually impaired patrons and driver admitted for free. Free childcare for all patrons. Reservations required by email or phone.

Nickel and Dimed Cast

 Barbara - Jean Jamison

Gail/Daughter/Rich Lady/Mall Mart customer - Lucia Foster

Pete/Phillip/Kenny's customer, Alzheimer's patient – Vincent Drayton

Hector/Boyfriend/Ted/Mall Mart customer - Sean Wellington

Joan/Social Worker/Server #2, Alzheimer's patient - Me-Me Cowans-Taylor

Melissa/Kenny's customer, Nanny - Babs Watson

Holly/Nita/Cashier/Other Associate - Kaley Morrison

Maddy/Kenny's customer/Server #1/Mall Mart customer - Ra'Chel Fowler

Carlie/Manager/Mall Mart customer/Alzheimer's patient – Aroma Snelling

George/Howard/Editor - Mac McCord

Marge/Kimberly/Kenny's customer/Alzheimer's patient - Elaine Quagliata


Director:  Terra Hodge

Stage Manager:  Kristen Dewey

A letter for Educators from JTP's Artistic Director:

Dear Friends,   

 My name is Deb Royals.  I am the Artistic Director for The Justice Theater Project (JTP).  The mission of the JTP seeks to call to the fore of public attention the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed through the use of the performing arts.  Every JTP season includes productions and educational programming to live out this mission. 

 We write you this letter to invite you and your students to our upcoming production of Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden (a play based on the book Nickel and Dimed, On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich).  Nickel and Dimed is the first show of our 2016 -2017 season entitled “Economic Justice?”  The ultimate purpose of economic justice is to free each person to engage creatively in the unlimited work beyond economics, that of the mind and the spirit.  This season will feature performances and discussions about the importance of economic justice and the human right to make a productive contribution to our country’s economy. 

 JTP encourages high school teachers, professors and instructors to bring students to Nickel and Dimed.  (Suggested for grades 11+) The JTP Education/Action committee has also planned two important discussions with low-wage workers, business owners and facilitators who are experts in the field of economics.  You and your students are encouraged to attend one of the following discussions at no charge.   

 ·        DURHAM: Thursday, September 22, 6:30 pm Vegan Flava Café. Voted "Best Vegan Friendly Restaurant in Durham".  4125 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham.

·        RALEIGH: Tuesday, September 27, 6:30 PM The Loading Dock. Collaborative Workspace and B Corporation. 1053 E Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh. 

 Reservations for both the above listed discussions are required. Donations are accepted at the door.  Contact: to make a reservation. 

 We will also host pre-performance discussions before performances on October 8, 15, and 22.  (Check our website for speakers and beginning times.)  We are happy to discuss workshop possibilities for educators and students.  We offer a “back-stage” pass for educators and students to meet actors, tour the set and see the costumes up close.  We also encourage research, study and discussion prior to the show.  There are many websites that discuss Nickel and Dimed.  Here is an example from the Guthrie Theater:

 Please contact our Production Associate and Ticketing Administrator, Melissa Reilly and let us know how we might help facilitate this experience for you and your students.  We have special rates for groups of 10 or more.  We also offer one free ticket for teachers who bring groups of 10 or more students. 

 We look forward to seeing you at the production and events for this show! 


Deb Royals

Artistic Director, The Justice Theater Project