“Ripples from Walden Pond” — by Richard Platt, portrays Henry David Thoreau looking back on his life, the influence of his mother who hid slaves, his experience as a high school teacher, building and living in his Walden Pond cabin, his friendship with Emerson, and his reflections on civil disobedience, a citizen’s obligations to his government, society, and himself.
This dramatic distillation of Thoreau’s life and writing, his beliefs and philosophy, is highly accessible, relevant to young people, and immensely entertaining. Experiencing “Ripples From Walden Pond” will not only bring Thoreau’s writing to life for the students, but will also enhance their understanding of complex ideas of civil society, a person’s obligation to the society and the importance of personal contemplation for development into a whole person.
Performances are followed by a talk-back with the actor.
The fee for this 55-minute program is $600
Title 1 schools will be served without cost through the generosity of John and Sarah Rebelo, County of San Diego, Dr. David Smith, Kasha Cohen
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