Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" in Performance

Jay DiPrima as Thoreau

On Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham, Dr. Jay DiPrima will portray American author Henry David Thoreau, recreating his lyceum lecture on “Civil Disobedience” as it was first heard by Massachusetts audiences in the 1840s.

Dr. DiPrima is based in Gloucester and has been a teacher, director, actor, and writer for more than three decades. He first appeared as Henry David Thoreau in a 1980 production of the play “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.” The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion led by DiPrima and Thoreau scholar Corinne H. Smith.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashburnham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Admission is free.