The Rutgers–Camden Theater Program continues its 2013-2014 season with a production of Joan Holden’s Nickel and Dimed, a stage adaptation of the acclaimed book Nickel and Dimed, on (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Eherenreich.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 to Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutgers–Camden campus. There will be a special high school matinee performance at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, as well as a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.
When middle-aged, middle-class Barbara sets out to research her newest book, she completely immerses herself in the world of the “working poor,” getting a firsthand look at the class that one-third of working Americans now inhabit. In order to barely scrape by, she is forced to take on jobs as a waitress, hotel maid, and an “associate” at a large retail store, among others. The strain of working multiple jobs in one day just to keep a roof over her head and food in her mouth soon takes its toll. Before long, Barbara is exhausted. But what she discovers is that the worst damage a life like this can inflict is not physical; it’s psychological.
Aaron Oster, a part-time lecturer for the theater program, will direct the piece. Oster is an adjunct theater professor at both Rutgers–Camden and West Chester University, and has been very active in the Philadelphia theater community for some time. He has been the associate artistic director of Luna Theatre Company since May 2011, an associated artist with the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, a CCTC Company Member, and the Resident Director/Dramaturge for Theatre Ariel.
James Mobley, the technical director of the theater program, will design the many different scenic elements that Barbara encounters throughout the play. Kristina Sneshkoff, a visiting part-time lecturer and costume designer, will create the multiple costumes for each actor. Sound design is by Stefán Örn Arnarson, technical theater coordinator, and lighting is by Andrew Cowles, a Philadelphia-area lighting designer. Stage Management duties are handled by English and theater major Joseph Ciurlino of Cherry Hill, who attended Cherry Hill East High School.
The cast features the following students, with hometowns, high schools, and roles noted:
Cherry Hill/JDT Christian Academy: Donnel Treadwell as Ted
Collingswood/ Collingswood Senior High School: Alex Scheinberg as the Boyfriend
Collingswood/ Gloucester County Institute of Technology: Dana Haberern as Melissa
Sicklerville/Winslow Township High School: Nigel Johnson as Pete
Franklinville/ Gloucester County Institute of Technology: Megan Farley as Barbara
Glassboro/ Glassboro High School: Denise Hassinger as Maddy
Gloucester Township/ Triton Regional High School: Kristina Martorano (alumna) as Gail
Katrina Hall as Carlie
Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and $7 for non-Rutgers students with a valid ID. Rutgers–Camden students may obtain two tickets free of charge at the Impact Booth in the Campus Center with their Rutgers University ID.
The Walter K. Gordon Theater is located in the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, on the Rutgers–Camden campus. For directions to Rutgers–Camden, visit camden.rutgers.edu.
For more information, visit rutgerscamdentheater.com. To arrange tickets for the high school matinee, please contact Jake Hufner at 856-225-2870 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Maria Buckley at 856-225-6176 or email@example.com.