Following the success of the best selling book, this adaptation by Joan Holden brings the struggle of living on minimum wage to the stage when social critic Ehrenreich goes undercover as one of America’s millions of working poor. From dingy diners to “Mall-mart,” working as many as three jobs at once, Barbara writes with gentle humor and great admiration the real subject of her story: the victims and dreamers that become her friends and heroes. When the end of her assignment nears, Ehrenreich becomes deeply and dangerously personal with poverty. (This production includes rare instances of adult language).

Seton Hill students to perform in “Nickel and Dimed” are: Laura Stracko of Nazareth, Pa., will play the lead role of Barbara, while Adriana Gissendanner of Clairton, Pa., Cynthia Molinaro of Vanderbilt, Pa., Darcy Wood of Orlando, Fla., Erik Ortiz of New York, NY, and Natalie Moretti of Cheswick, Pa., will all play a variety of roles, representing Barbara’s many co-workers, clients and customers.

Brittany Huffman of Tyrone, Pa. will serve as stage manager for “Nickel and Dimed,” while Amanda Bish and Kathryn Fabbroni of Pittsburgh, Pa. will serve as assistant stage managers.

Performances: October 5 – 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., October 6 – 8:00 p.m., October 7 – 2:00 p.m., October 9 and 10 – 10:30 a.m., October 11 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., October 12 and 13 – 8:00 p.m.

Ticket and Venue Information: All performances are in Reeves Theatre, ground floor, Reeves Memorial Library on Seton Hill’s campus. Seton Hill University is located on Route 130 West in Greensburg, Pa. Reeves Theatre is a disabled accessible and climate-controlled facility. Parking is free. Single admission tickets are $12 for all ages, all performances. Single admission for Seton Hill students is $5. Groups of 16 or more, with reservations and advance payment, are $10 each. Student rush tickets (available five minutes before curtain to any student with a valid school ID) are $5, subject to availability. Order tickets by phone: 724-838-4241, by e-mail: or by mail: Theatre Box Office, Seton Hill University, Box 492, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601-1599.

The Seton Hill University Theatre Program has a long history of educating theatre majors for careers in the professional theatre while playing a vital role in the educational life of the campus. Seton Hill’s Theatre Program offers four full-length productions (as well as a number of shorter works) each year that generate audiences of over 3,500 and speak to topics addressed in courses across Seton Hill’s curriculum. For more information on the Theatre Program at Seton Hill, please visit or call 724-830-0300.