Poet Archibald MacLeish's play, written for his hometown's bicentennial celebration in June 1966. A boy who hates living in Conway wants to leave town forever. By having examine the town's past, MacLeish re-creates major events of the town history.
Two infants in their baby carriages in Central Park discuss their doubts and satisfactions while their grown-ups pursue selfish interests; three youngsters run away from home, only to discover that their bus driver and his passenger are their parents.
Five of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales (The Golden Goose, The Blue Light, The Clever Gretel, The Goose Girl and The Bremen Town Musicians) are told using mime, music and imagination instead of props and costumes.
An offbeat story of David Silver's search for America, including travels to New York, a Hare Krishna gathering and Ellis Island. He eventually goes to Washington, D.C. where a huge anti-war protest is being held, attended by Pete Seeger and Abbie Hoffman among others. The strange piece includes tongue-in-cheek advertisements for something called "America, Inc." and narration by Jean Shepherd.
'They' - the youth of our nation, have taken over America, and most people over 40 are being herded into concentration camps to await death. A group of five famous artists have been spared: they live together in exile, forsaken by their own children, awaiting the end of their nightmarish existence, and despairing over the extinction of humanity-in-art. For in 1990 America, all art is judged and evaluated by computers. Tonight's play climaxes NET's 9-drama series on the generation gap.
Helen Hayes recreates some of her most famous stage roles, such as Mary Stuart in "Mary of Scotland", Queen Victoria in "Victoria Regina", Nora Melody in "A Touch of the Poet" and Grandma in "The American Dream".
Two short plays are featured in this episode. In the first, a widow struggles to keep her family from splintering; in the second, a secretary who is sent to a lonely apartment to take her boss's dictation from a tape recording is terrified by what she encounters.
In the near future, the United States government is controlled by a youthful administration who decrees that middle-aged people are a drain on resources and orders them into detention camps, where they will be killed when they reach the age of 65. Five confined artists nearing the end of their lives discuss their fate.
When the United States government ignores the treaties it signed with the Cherokee Indian tribe, their chief attempts to litigate the issue in the Georgia courts. Unsuccessful, the tribe is forcibly relocated to Oklahoma, losing 4000 people in the long march that became known as "The Trail of Tears".
This episode features two wildly different segments. In the first, ten short plays exposing the devastating effects of pollution are performed, including "The Beautiful Fish" about a couple's unhappy experience fishing in the Hudson River; "Play for Trees" concerning two pine trees about to be chopped down for Christmas and "Kissing Sweet" about industrial pollution. In the second segment Gwen Verdon and Cyril Ritchard read pieces written by Lewis Carroll, including a portion of "Alice in Wonderland".
In 1754, the Royal Governor of Virginia orders young George Washington to build a road to the Ohio River, enforce Virginia's claims to the Ohio River Valley and defend a small British fort against French invaders. When Washington and his men arrive at the post, they discovers that it had fallen to French colonial forces. Although his small army is inexperienced and outnumbered, Washington chooses to attack the enemy and he soon learns that war is not just a manly adventure and actions can have dire consequences - such as igniting the French and Indian War.