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ASU Theatre to Present Nickel and Dimed,' opening Friday, Sept. 28


JONESBORO – The Arkansas State University Theatre has announced the cast for the September/October production of “Nickel and Dimed,” a drama by Joan Holden. 

Can a middle-class woman survive when she suddenly has to live on a job that won’t pay the rent?  This is just one of the surprises for an acclaimed author, who set out to research low-wage life firsthand.  This play examines the life many working Americans lead, and makes us angry that anyone should have to live it, according to ASU Theatre.

In its review, Variety described the production as “. . . undeniably provocative . . . One can’t see this stage version without questioning an economy in which poor people subsidize the lifestyle of the middle and upper classes.”

The ASU Theatre’s production of “Nickel and Dimed” is under the stage direction of Jeff McLaughlin, assistant professor of theatre.

Scenic design will be by Tonae Mitsuhashi, a senior theatre major from Yokkaichi-shi, Mie, Japan, and lighting design will be by Evan Palumbo, a sophomore theatre major from Salem.  Paul Cootes, a junior theatre major from Hornersville, Mo., will be the sound designer.

Claire Garrard, assistant professor of theatre, will serve as costume designer. Samantha Cole, a senior theatre major from Jonesboro, will serve as stage manager.

The cast includes Madison Kuebler, a senior theatre major from Searcy, as Barbara.

Ensemble cast includes Morgan Carvell, a freshman theatre major from Bentonville; Marina Pearson, a sophomore theatre major from Conway; Jordan Phillips, a junior theatre major from El Dorado; Sarah Ring, a sophomore theatre major from Cabot; Tyler Garstka, a senior theatre major from Cabot; Brooke Thomas, a freshman theatre major from Jonesboro; Dylan Worth, a freshman theatre major from Cabot; Alaina Rene Kizer, a freshman theatre major from Conway;  and Dru Ergle, a sophomore theatre major from Jonesboro.

“Nickel and Dimed” will be performed at Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Friday, Sept. 28, and Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 30-Oct. 3.  The Sunday, Sept. 30, matinee begins at 2 p.m.; all other performances are at 7:30 p.m.

A “meet the company” dessert reception will follow the Friday, Sept. 28, opening night performance.

Tickets may be purchased for reserved seating in advance at the ASU Central Box Office in the Convocation Center or by calling 972-ASU1.  Tickets are also available online at tickets.astate.edu.  Reserved seating tickets (if available) may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance.  Ticket Prices are $10 ($8 in advance). Advanced reservations are highly recommended.

Children under six years old are not admitted to The ASU Theatre. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early, please; latecomers will not be seated until intermission.

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