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Auditions-The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail


Audition Notice

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Robert Edwin Lee and Jerome Lawrence explores Henry David Thoreau’s practice of expressing his individuality and refusing to submit to what he considered an unjust authority. Jailed for not paying taxes that would be used to support the Mexican-American War, Thoreau refuses to let the cell and bars become a prison. Unshackled in thought, he leaves the cell several times during the play to interact with his brother John, their mother, the beautiful Ellen Sewell, and the man who most influenced Henry’s life, the great Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Audition Dates:

Saturday October 25th 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm & Sunday October 26th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Adobe Theater

Performance Dates:

Opens Friday January 9th, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:00. Closes February 1st .

Characters:- 9 men, 3 women

(The parts of Thoreau and Bailey have been pre-cast)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (male, mid 40’s to mid 50’s).one of America's greatest writers, finds a willing acolyte in one of his audience members, Henry David Thoreau. They become great friends, but the friendship sours when Henry gets fed up with Waldo's lack of public protest.

John Thoreau (male, late 30’s to early 40’s), Henry's much-loved brother, who shares many of Henry's beliefs but does not have the same conviction as Henry.

Deacon Nehemiah Ball (male, late 40’s to mid 50’s) is the chairman of the school board, and does not like Henry. He considers Henry's transcendental view of God as blasphemous, and is outraged to discover Thoreau works on Sundays. \

Lydian Emerson (female, mid 40’s to mid 50’s is the wife of Waldo, and encourages Henry to settle down, get married, and conform. Edward Emerson (male, age 9 to 14) is the son of Waldo and Lydian, and wishes Henry was his father instead of the often absent Waldo.

Henry's Mother (early to mid 60’s) does not understand why Henry always acts so strange and wishes he would just conform like everybody else.

Ellen Sewell (female, mid to late 20’s) is a young woman who attracts both Henry and John. She is much older than the other students in their school. Constable Sam Staples (male, late 30’s to early 40’s) is the good-natured law enforcement officer in Concord who reluctantly throws Henry in jail. Farmer: (male, indeterminate age) claims that Henry is always starting making trouble, as when he says Waldo is going to give a speech and Waldo does not.

Henry Williams (male, indeterminate age), an escaped slave who takes Thoreau’s first name from Thoreau and his last name from his former owner, encounters Henry in Walden Woods.

For further information please contact Director George Williams at g.a.williams@mac.com.