Rebellion, individuality drive MC’s
fall play, The Night Thoreau Spent in
Writer Henry David Thoreau spent a night in jail in 1846 for refusing to
pay his taxes. He did not want his money spent to help finance the war
against Mexico. In 1971, playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
drew upon that rebellion to protest the Vietnam War in The Night
Thoreau Spent in Jail – Manchester College’s fall play.
“I’ve known about this play for many years. I’ve wanted to produce it,
but I didn’t think I had enough actors,” said MC Theatre Director Scott
K. Strode. “With the success of Cyrano last spring (38 in the
cast) and with new students coming in, I thought I could cast it this
fall. The content is appropriate for the College and for the current war
situation.” Manchester is a college of the Church of the Brethren, whose
roots are in peacemaking and compassion.
The curtain rises on three performances during Homecoming 2006 weekend
at the College: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 30;
and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1. The Wampler Auditorium stage is dark
Friday night. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and free
to students with I.D. Reservations are not necessary.
Joining the 18-member cast are 11 first-year students: Rebecca Oren,
Anna Harvey, Mike Nicolazzo, Nicholas Kenny, Casey Lambert, Josh Faudree,
Anthony Balagadde, Tiffany Berkebile, Keegan Robinson, Cierra Kindy and
Megan Gunder. Also in the cast are returning students Jeff Combs, David
Moan, Jesse Reid, Allyson Gonzalez, Kacey Gauby, Amanda Degman and Cori