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Stepping Out

Foothill changes things up with ‘Nickel & Dimed’

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department is slated to present “Nickel & Dimed” Friday through June 9 at Foothill’s Lohman Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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

“Nickel & Dimed” addresses how a middle-aged, middle-class woman can survive after she suddenly must make beds all day in a hotel and live on $7 an hour. Because a low-paying job won’t pay the rent, she’ll have to work back-to-back shifts as a chambermaid and waitress to make ends meet.

Ehrenreich set out to research low-wage life firsthand, confident she was prepared for the worst. The book chronicles her low-wage odyssey.

“Nickel” features Jerris Ramirez, Nicholas Schmittzeh and Rome Silvas of Mountain View. The production includes scenic design by Bruce McLeod, costume design by Carol Clever and stage management by Charnee Young.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 7 and 8; 7:30 p.m. May 30 and June 6; and 2 p.m. June 2 and 9.

Tickets are $10-$18, with group discounts available. Parking is $3; lots 1 and 8 provide the easiest access to the theater.

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

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