"If the law is of such a nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law." So wrote the young Henry David Thoreau in 1849. Three years earlier, Thoreau had put his belief into action and refused to pay taxes because of the United States government's involvement in the Mexican War, which Thoreau firmly believed was unjust. For his daring and unprecedented act of protest, he was thrown in jail. The Nigh Thoreau Spent in Jail is a celebrated dramatic presentation of this famous act of civil disobedience and its consequences. Throughout the play, we also get to see a glimpse into Thoreau's life as he remembers the earlier parts of his life; his relationships; the loss of his brother John; and his mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Its poignant, lively, and accessible scenes offer a compelling exploration of Thoreau's philosophy and life. Howard Taubman of the New York Times described the ideological relevance of the play to contemporary audiences, stating "this play and its protagonist, though they are of the 19th century, are speaking to today's concerns: an unwanted war in another land, civil disobedience, the interdependence of man and nature, education, and the role of government and the governed."