Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. — POULTNEY — While some Americans have benefitted by the economic rebound following the Great Recession of 2007, real wages (income after inflation) for most workers have been flat for the past five decades. Meanwhile, according to a 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute, chief executive pay as a multiple of the typical worker’s pay rose from an average of 20 times in 1965 to 295.9 in 2013.
Author Barbara Ehrenreich captured compelling portraits of American laborers who work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages in her best-selling book “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America.” Playwright Joan Holden based her play “Nickel and Dimed” on the book. Green Mountain College students and faculty will present a staged reading of excerpts from “Nickel and Dimed” on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Gorge (in GMC’s Withey Hall). The event is free and open to the public.
The staged reading is a community engagement collaboration between Paula Mann’s Voices of Community class and professor of sustainable business Jacob Park, who will be leading a “talkback” session with two GMC students following the performance.