The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail – Iowa State University Theatre

by Jerome Laurence and Robert E. Lee

What do we do when we think our government has made a mistake?

In 1846 Henry David Thoreau spent the night in jail for refusing to pay his taxes since his money might be used to support slavery or the Mexican-American War. This famous act of civil disobedience resulted in this script, a play about ideas, political and personal, and about each person’s responsibility to ensure independence and democracy.

February 27 and 28 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 and 8 at 2 p.m.

Fisher Theater – Ames

The Cast

Waldo – Jeff Mason
Lydian – Kelly Teitsworth
Henry – Don Watts
Mother – Jaime Wood
John – Colin Morgan
Bailey – Kyle Foote
Ball – Timothy Judd
Ellen – Janae Hohbein
Sam – Robert Baker
Edward – Ben Sulzberger
Williams – Kierre Balark
Townspeople – Amber Fitzsimmons, Austin Henshaw, Kayla Kaufmann, Brad Pingel, Ryan Stufflebeem, Katherine Vickers

Production Team

Director – Jane Cox
Scenic Designer – Jim Trenberth
Guest Costume Designer – Veronica Skaar
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Stage Manager – Matt Meldrem
Assistant Stage Manager – Lindsay Allen
Makeup and Hair Design – Catie Tell
Sound Designer – Jim Trenberth
Assistant to the Sound Designer – Kierre Balark
Photos – Smari
Assistant to the Lighting Designer – Andrea Wright
Light Board – Will Rundle
Sound Board – Andrea Wright
Projections – Chris King
Wardrobe – Anna Sunstrom
Props Master – Carrie Taylor
Photography – Patrick Gouran
Program Design – Liese VanderBroek
Scenic Painter – Brooke Berg
Poster Design – Devin Miller
Publicity Assistant – Devin Miller
Box Office Supervisors – Brittany James, Jamie Quarnstrom
House Managers – Lindsay Allen, Casey Buenzow
Technical Director – Emily Brainerd
Scene Shop Assistants – Justin Albright, Justin Bein, Jon Eimer, Andrew Havens, Ben Howell, Nate Lawrence-Richards, Matt Meldrem, Carrie Taylor, Nick Veenstra, Mat Wymore
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Michelle Aderhold, Emma Rose Miles, Susuwi Salvador, Mariana Seda, Joanna Suckling, Anna Sunstrom, Justine Year
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek


Publicity photos and production photos by Patrick Gouran

Poster by Devin Miller

Read about it in Inside Iowa State and the Iowa State Daily!