The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Act 1

• The play starts with a jail cell set, and the rest of the stage is bare and will be changed throughout the play with minor props and lighting that will be used to suggest shifts in time and location; the play is set in Concord, Massachusetts.

• A moonlight lighting cue falls on the sleeping form of Henry, while the other prisoner is in shadow; the lighting on the empty areas of the set is weak to suggest winter, as an old man, Ralph Waldo Emerson, enters with his wife, Lydian.

• Waldo is trying to recall the name of a friend of his; Lydian suggests the name he is looking for is Henry, and Waldo suggests David.

• Henry's mother is visibly upset, and Henry sits up on his cot and explains that he has actually "not done something."

• Henry's mother says she does not know who he is...

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