Posted September 4, 2018
The Lorain County Community College Arts and Humanities division theatre program will present its fall performance “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17 in Stocker Arts Center Cirigliano Studio Theatre.
The drama, written in 1969 by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, opens with Thoreau in jail for refusing to pay taxes to a government conducting a war of aggression in Mexico, at midpoint shows Ralph Waldo Emerson visiting him, and ends on the morning of his release. Scenes portray his return from Harvard where he idolized Emerson, his attempt to establish a transcendentalist school, his career as a handyman and tutor in Emerson’s household, and his romance and his friendship with an illiterate cellmate. The end is a grotesque dream in which the characters take up guises in a mortal assault on Mexico.
The play is directed by Sarah May, whose work as a director is well known around Northeast Ohio where she has been a guest artist at many area theatres and colleges. Most recently she directed the timely comedy “Rasheeda Speaking” at Karamu Theatre, Terrance McNally’s “Mother’s and Sons” at Beck Center, the one-man drama “Thurgood” (Scene Magazine’s Best Actor Award for Greg White) at Ensemble Theatre, and “Life with Father” (Best Show of the Season) at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron.