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- Full Title: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
- When Written: 1969
- Where Written: United States
- When Published: 1969
- Literary Period: Midcentury; Protest literature
- Genre: Play
- Setting: Concord, Massachusetts / Walden Pond
- Climax: In a dream sequence, all the characters in the play become leaders and soldiers in the Mexican war.
Extra Credit for The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
The Nation’s Capitol. The first professional performance of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail took place at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. on October 23, 1970—a fitting location given the play’s political significance.