From the Manchester College Archives

News Release


Rebellion, individuality drive MC’s

fall play, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail


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 Miner


Manchester Media Relations

News Releases

Mission Statement







Meet Theatre Director

Scott Strode