Henry makes a joke out of the simple questions Sam asks him. As the central character, Noah Peterson takes the stage with a confident humility, which is no easy feat. He decides to resign, and the parallel action of Waldo resigning from the Unitarian Church suggests that Henry is still on his way to becoming like Waldo his professed desire. The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Yet, his nightmare is the result of inaction. When the playwrights wrote it, they were seeing resonance with Vietnam-era protests and we see it again today with TimesUp, BlackLivesMatter, and Resist movements.
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jailwas published in a reissue edition in 1992, which is available from Bantam Books. She says she has just come to understand Transcendentalism. His character reminds one of an enlightened genius cousin who was steps ahead of everyone but kindly tries to help you understand. Henry is re-energized, and turns to speak to a group of imaginary students, presumably gathered all around him. Ball is appalled, calling the question blasphemy. Lydian comes up and tells Henry that Waldo is not coming, that he has chosen to think over the matter and write a carefully worded essay describing his position. Full text available: I posted this on Waldenlist and Austin Meredith had a few corrections: We don't actually know whether the jailing occurred on the 23d or the 24th.
Henry retreats even further, returning to his mentor to work under him, no longer able to stand being a part of the larger community. Waldo says it may be the case that Henry wants too much. Henry tries to get their attention again, but this time, the bell makes no sound. Henry, incapable of reasoning with her in terms she understands, resorts to demanding of her that she become less amenable to authority. Henry teaches him write in the dust on the floor of the cell. Henry tries to talk to Waldo, but no sound comes out.
He is torn between wanting nothing and wanting everything. The period costumes mentioned above, are carefully crafted by designer Amanda Jarvis. This is why the ending of the drama has him leaving Walden in the hope of taking a more active and visible role against the nature of war. Henry accuses Waldo of not practicing what he preaches, and encourages Waldo, who has much more influence than Henry, to speak out against slavery and the war. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.
His acting blends the traits of intellect and humility believably. They are making arrangements for Henry to work for Waldo—he wants to do manual labor. He began his second career as an educator in 2002 and now teaches theatre arts in Fairfax Co. He takes his place at a podium. Henry makes the letters seem simple, and his teaching style is entertaining. The set floor is layered platforms of wood planking, with a forestage jutting out towards the audience.
It has been translated into almost every language and has sold tens of millions of copies. Waldo rushes in and asks Henry what he is doing in jail. It is more than coincidence that transcendentalism and New Age thinking re-surfaced around the same time with Alcott, Emerson, Thoreau, Mary Baker Eddy, Edgar Cayce, Earnest Holmes, the Fillmores, Blavatsky, etc. Moreover, this powerful square is happening this time all around America's Sun identity, core, power, fuel, ego, pride. The man, whose name is Bailey, stops snoring but is still groggy. The rooms were whitewashed once a month; and this one, at least, was the whitest, most simply furnished, and probably the neatest apartment in the town. Henry clearly abhors conformity, and refuses to teach from books because they represent institutional control of learning.
I was shown quite a long list of verses which were composed by some young men who had been detected in an attempt to escape, who avenged themselves by singing them. When he ran out of money, he took a paid job until he was flush again. Henry tells her that she seems too old to take this class. The prisoners in their shirt-sleeves were enjoying a chat and the evening air in the doorway, when I entered. The action shifts to Walden Woods, where Henry feeds an escaped slave, Henry Williams, on his way to Canada.
Do you recognize parallels or discrepancies between the war depicted in this drama and any other war s in American history? They were the voices of old burghers that I heard in the streets. He naturally wanted to know where I came from, and what brought me there; and, when I had told him, I asked him in my turn how he came there, presuming him to be an honest man, of course; and, as the world goes, I believe he was. Back in his jail cell, Henry is in the grips of a nightmare. He explains to Ellen that she loves her father, and always will, even if he is not beautiful or talented, and cannot fly like a bird or swim like a fish. Henry defiantly says that he refuses to pay them. Ball says he does not understand. The script is provocative, acting is solid, characters are sympathetic, and the set is evocative.
He is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. Many would also argue that, like Thoreau, they are not being represented whatsoever by their government. It is here where the drama speaks about the idea of how one must actively resist war, if they feel compelled to do so. Advisory: Appropriate for all audiences. The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail opened Friday in the Young Theatre.