Cocktails Before Dinner

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Cocktails Before Dinner[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Serious Monologue, Absurd Monologue 1 hour
Preceded by: Case Studies
Followed by: Dreamland

"In this modern technological age, we humans have more than made up for our physical inferiority to animals."

Cocktails Before Dinner is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1986.


  • Making up for our inferiority to animals with technology.
  • Our relationship to our bodies.
  • Experiencing the moment of sleep, death. Ways to die.
  • Breakfast at small tables.
  • Remembering youth in a cab on the way to a hospital.
  • Buying a gun to prepare for nuclear war.
  • Our inability to comprehend the dimensions of the inverse.
  • Alexander the Great finds a walled city, weighs a human eye.
  • Being uncomfortable when an actor at a play emerged from the audience. The audience, everyone, as actors. Everyone as a star of their own life; life as recognition. Tonight's program from the viewpoint of his life, the audience's life.
  • Houdini examined.
  • "A jukebox or a coffin."
  • Joe's past as a teacher: experiencing department meetings in the manner of a student. Sex among teacher and among students, the school's playboy sadist.
  • Joe the filmmaker. A film about St. Florence, patron saint of the unexpressed, funded by dressmakers and shot in Iceland. Filming in white and black.
  • Second person dialog with a hitchhiker.
  • Mimicking those one visits.
  • Description of a dance.

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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