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Stepping Out

‘Nickel & Dimed’ concludes Sunday in LA Hills

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department is slated to present “Nickel & Dimed,” through Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, El Monte Road.

Written by Joan Holden and directed by Tom Gough, the play is based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s book “Nickel & Dimed, On (Not) Getting By in America.”

“Nickel” asks can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive when she suddenly must make beds all day in a hotel and live on $7 an hour? Maybe. But one $7-an-hour job won’t pay the rent; she’ll have to do back-to-back shifts as a chambermaid and a waitress.

Ehrenreich set out to research low-wage life firsthand, confident she was prepared for the worst. Her bestseller is about her low-wage odyssey.

“Nickel” features Jerris Ramirez, Nicholas Schmittzeh and Rome Silvas of Mountain View.

Shows are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10-$18; group discounts available. Parking is $3.

For tickets and more information, call 949-7360 or visit www.foothill.edu/theatre.

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