What Was the Dying For?
-Rev Melissa Fain-
The words I used for the title came from Charlie Anderson, the father in the musical Shenandoah.
Written in the mid-70's, Shenandoah is set at the beginning of Civil War in Virginia. Anderson, who is a widower, had a brood of children, and a nice plot of land. He doesn't want to enter the war, because he doesn't believe it's his war to fight. Eventually, all that changes when his youngest son is kidnapped by Union Soldiers. It's a bittersweet story of humanity's brokenness. If there was a musical that deserves a revival it is this one. It speaks to the tensions that naturally exists when the very people you are apparently against are your very own brothers and sisters. It is a musical for today.
"They always have a holy cause to march us on to war."