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nickel and dimed


Joan Holden ’60
Out of Ehrenreich’s tale of her adventures as a waitress, maid, nursing home worker, and Wal-Mart clerk emerged Nickel and Dimed, the stage adaptation by Joan Holden ’60 that had its world premiere this August at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, directed by artistic director Bartlett Sher. The show premiered this September at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and opened again in January at Trinity Repertory Company’s Chase Theatre in Providence. Holden and Sher teamed with hopes to turn an episodic report into a two-hour production that promises to be “a darkly funny and illuminating look at the difference between having a job and making a living.” In the adaptation, the Ehrenreich character narrates her journalistic adventure through Florida to Maine to Minnesota.

Holden has the perfect background to tackle the project. From 1967 to 2000 she acted as the principal writer and collaborator for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a political theater ensemble that employs music and satirical comedy to dissect pressing social issues. In that time, Holden has penned some of the troupe’s best known and most controversial works. In the process the troupe has won two Obies and a Tony.

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Reed Magazine February
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2003