'Nickel and Dimed'

Writer Barbara Ehrenreich's best-selling account of her undercover investigation into the lives of the working poor is now a play. As a way of confronting its middle and upper class audiences with a subject they may not have considered much, the play turns one scene into a question-and-answer session between actors and audience members. If it sounds more like agitprop than theater, consider that Nickel and Dimed has also been optioned by Hollywood. Bellamy Pailthorpe, from member station KPLU, reports.

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