*Note - LYRICS AND SCRIPT ONLY! - DIGITAL MUSIC NOT INCLUDED!
CONSPIRACY is the rowdy musical of the controversial Chicago 8 (later the Chicago 7) trial. BASED ON THE ACTUAL TRIAL TRANSCRIPT AND INCLUDING SELECTED EXCERPTS,CONSPIRACY perfectly captures the irreverent, anti-establishment behavior of those vulgar and mischievous Yippies who demonstrated at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. They were consequently arrested, brought up on charges and prosecuted in a trial that ended up being nothing short of a circus. Though constantly clowning around and continuing their pranks throughout the litigation, the defendants were deadly serious in their quest for social consciousness and political reform as they protested against what they believed was an unjust war in Vietnam. No less determined to restrain their antics was Judge Julius Hoffman, thereby providing the ideal conflict that makes good theater. Adding original songs, whose lyrics are included in this digital edition of the musical to augment the hilarity, CONSPIRACY will continually not only amuse, but also astound the reader that such a travesty of courtroom proceedings ever took place in this country under the auspices of our criminal justice system. The songs parody all aspects of the trial and the tenor of the era, creating not only irreverent entertainment for all, but a stunning realization that times don’t change all that much, regardless of what lessons we supposedly learn along the way. As Americans continue opposing yet funding wars around the globe, sensibilities of the audience will vibrate sympathetically with those of the trial defendants. Vellum Publishing, Inc. is proud to offer this digital version of the musical, CONSPIRACY, as an entertaining monument to the spirit of the Hippie/Yippie era of the 1960’s and American youth’s demand for the equality and freedom of speech promised by our Constitution