Case Studies

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Case Studies[1]
Series
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
1986
Cast
Arthur Miller, Nick Ullette, Tim Jerome, Joe Frank
Format
Absurd Monologue, Panel Discussion, 1 hour
Preceded by: Let Me Not Dream
Followed by: Cocktails Before Dinner

"She was a rather peculiar person, a woman in her mid forties who was always playing the child"

"Case Studies" is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1986.

Synopsis

  • Joe tells stories interspersed by rolling dice.
  • A childish woman becomes morbid when her husband destroys her dolls, goes to psychoanalysis. Her husband the judge steals women's clothing.
  • A Oedipal man wonders the countryside with a staff.
  • Panel discussion on philosophy: reality and perception, music, the books "philosophy and self deception" and "sound and nonsense," pheromones, measuring beauty as ship-launching potential.
  • Panel discussion: the nature of time, life as a series of experiments, Spinoza's stones in motion.
  • Discordant monologue.: calling people, following people, waking up in a subway car, time is a swallow flying, the chinchillas are unbearable, someone saw the aurora, tropical fish boiled, missing snuff bottles.
  • Panel discussion: presence of evil and ugly in everything life affirming, the shark's life, a history of the world from an ant's point of view, humans are bred by the gods for slaughter, god is responsible for everything including the bad things, balance between illness and wonder drugs, immortality, a small town sacrifices prosthetics in exchange for immortality.
  • Monologue: a play that ends in a riot, sudden discharge of foul smelling oil in a restaurant, a room complains about the weight of furniture, a pit throws a baker into an oven, a hemophiliac comic bleeds to death, the dead walk the earth, finance is conducted entirely through bodily gestures, theaters dissolve into nonsense, wise men fake the spirit of the field, suicides immediately reincarnated, a porno house destroyed in a storm and no one notices, an empty frame against a blank wall, the truth is unfathomably, former lovers going beyond their limits, a fly in a coffee cup and imagining a dead animal or baby in the road, running around a hotel six times, a staircase from an ancient city, organizing books according to color, revolutions fail, the speed at which screams propagate, attending meetings in a wax museum, secondary lifetimes, a god for god, seducing women with a harmonica, mouths as the seat of pleasure, attacking a woman in a hotel bathroom, tricking nurses into examining one's you know what, the futility of genealogy.

Interesting Facts

  • In 2004, the Adobe Bookstore in San Francisco sorted their books by color for a week. Here's a blog entry describing the work.
  • Here is a script that displays Amazon's top 100 selling books, sorted by color.

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Work In Progress

Another Country (part 1) | Another Country (part 2) | Another Country (part 3) | At the Border | Bad | Best, The | Building a Church | Case Studies | Cocktails Before Dinner | Dear Annie | Dictator, The (part 1) | Dictator, The (part 2) | Dictator, The (part 3) | Dreamland (1986) | Dreams Of The River | El Cholo (The Beginning) | Emerald Isle | Emergency Room | Five Part Dissonance | Great Lives | He Hesitated | Highways West | Home | Iceland (part 1) | Iceland (part 2) | Iceland (part 3) | I'm Not Crazy | In the Dark (part 1) | In the Dark (part 2) | In the Middle of Nowhere (part 1) | In the Middle of Nowhere (part 2) | In the Middle of Nowhere (part 3) | Islands | Landing Strip in the Jungle, A | Let Me Not Dream | Lines | More I Know You, The | Nausea | Night | Nightride | No Show | On the Edge | Pact with God, A | Performer | Photography | Pilot | Policeman's Ball, The | Pretender | Rain (1986) | Redneck Rounder | Rent a Family (part 1) | Rent a Family (part 2) | Rent a Family (part 3) | Road to Hell | Rose | Sleep | Stories for Nothing | Street, The | Summer Notes (remix) | Talking About Love | Tell Me What to Do | Thank You, You're Beautiful | To the Bar Life | Truth About Women, The (part 1) | Truth About Women, The (part 2) | Two Babes | When She's Asleep, She Looks Like an Angel | Why I Don't Love You Anymore | Words