My household followed the happenings throughout the day. (Why? That's another blog.) Change is one of those few things in life that is a constant. Many countries across the globe do not deal with governmental change as smoothly as the United States.
It was probably the most shocking thing since women wanted the vote, an education, shorter skirts, bobbed hair, to wear slacks, put on make-up, or to procure birth control. The establishment was upset because it challenged the existing protocols and cultural morales. It was the wildest musical that was ever produced on Broadway. Yet, it was interesting to listen to the generations discussing the play at intermission.
"What's the big deal with this play?" asked this something thirty women to her mom in her sixties.
"You need to review the times and attitudes that were in place when this show initially premiered," her mom answered, the emotion and memory of another time still in her voice.
"I've seen and hear worse on the movie screen and cable television." replied the daughter.
"You see, read, hear, and do what you are able to do today, because of this play," the woman shot back. "It was because of brave writers, producers, and directors more than forty years ago who pushed the envelope. They and others like them opened the eyes of the public to what was really happening in the schools, Viet Nam, between their teenagers, and behind the closed doors of a few powerful people. It was through literature, music, and the arts that change was propelled."
*What was considered desecration of the American flag was later defined as a First Amendment - Freedom of Speech.