Wednesday, January 25, 2012 FREE
From the email:
Cyrano's Theatre Company presentsa special staged reading ofThe Night Thoreau Spent in Jailby Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. LeeProduced for CTC by Peter Porco and Jeff AldrichDirected by Bob Pond"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away." [Walden, 1854]"Thoreau's famous essay Civil Disobedience was an extremely personal response to being imprisoned for breaking the law. Because he detested slavery (and the Mexican-American war) and because tax revenues contributed to their support, Thoreau decided to become a tax rebel. …Thoreau declined to pay the hated poll tax--a capital tax levied equally on all adults within a community. …So, in July 1846, he was arrested and jailed. He was supposed to remain in jail until a fine was paid, which he also declined to pay. Without his knowledge or consent, however, relatives settled the 'debt' and a disgruntled Thoreau was released after only one night. The incarceration may have been brief but it has had enduring effects through Civil Disobedience." [from Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience by Wendy McElroy]
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