Conspiracy

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(Lights)

PROSECUTORS
    Now, will you relate, please, to the court and to the
    jury, what you heard the defendant Hoffman say?

WITNESS #13 (female)
    Yes, Sir. He said, "We have to go to storm the
  Hilton singly because if we go in groups, the
  blank pigs are going to stop us.

PROSECUTORS
    You say, "blank pigs.”  Did he say, "blank pigs"?

WITNESS #13
    No, Sir.

PROSECUTORS
    Did he use another word other than, "blank"?

WITNESS #13
    Yes, Sir.

PROSECUTORS
    Was it a four-letter word?

WITNESS #13
    Yes, Sir.
PROSECUTORS
    What was the first letter of that four-letter word, please?

WITNESS #13
“F.”

(Blackout)

(whispers from jury) Shocking…shocking…shocking.

(Lights)

KUNSTLER
(to police officer)
              Did you engage in profanity yourself that day, officer?

POLICE OFFICER #2
    Yes, I told a cameraman to turn those censored cameras
             around because of the civilian brutality.

KUNSTLER
             What did you say when you said, "censored"?

POLICE OFFICER #2
    There are ladies present.

KUNSTLER
    No, I want you to answer.

PROSECUTORS
    We object!

JUDGE
    Sustained!

KUNSTLER
    Your Honor, I fail to understand that. Every obscenity
    that has been ascribed to our clients has been paraded
    in front of this jury as if they were being tried for their
    swear words. When the police use an obscenity, we are
    not permitted to let the jury know what the police said.

JUDGE
    There are ladies on the jury.

KUNSTLER
    Well, your Honor, human life is human life, and we all
    fall from grace occasionally...

(Blackout)

VOICE OF LADY JUROR
    Did the word begin with an "F"?

(whispers from jury) Shocking…shocking…shocking.

AUTHOR: Jamie G. Jameson
GENRE: Musical
PUBLISHED: Apr 06, 2009

*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