Dear Annie

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Dear Annie [1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Serious Monologue, 1 hour
Preceded by: Dreams Of The River
Followed by: A Pact With God

"I tell myself she's too young for me, that that's our problem, the difference of fifteen years between us."

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


  • Monologue: contemplating his younger lover Annie and her childlike habits. Correcting her verbal errors. Wrestling and laughing together. The idea she might outlive him seems impossible and hilarious to her. He presses the issue. Her birthday: he feigns death, an old joke he likes to play.
  • Joe writes a farewell letter to Annie. We hear him typing as he composes.
  • More on Annie: she uses vast quantities of toilet paper. She's one of those annoying people who cruises in the left lane, a huge pet peeve of Joe's. Arguments and scenarios over seat belts. More arguments. At a club in Malibu on New Years Eve. When she cries, it makes him feel like he wants to be with her forever.
  • The breakup letter to Annie again.
  • More stories of sad, frustrated Annie. He imagines her suicide.
  • On their early arguments over the social issues caused by their age difference.
  • The letter to Annie again.
  • Annie kissing Joe goodbye at a restaurant. Annie's cycles of rage and apology. Wanting to break up but being unable to--there's always a reason he can't leave her. Remembering he time he almost ran away from home as a youngster. Self-consciousness eating alone at a restaurant. Lonliness. Annie shopping for apartments. All his conflicting emotions about her: love and hate, pride and shame. On the nature of love. "To me, love is inviolable, sacred. This is why I don't feel up to it." Imagining his apartment without her stuff.
  • Remembering closeness and physical intimacy with Annie.
  • The letter again, fading out as the show closes.

Interesting Facts

This program contains no music, except the use in one or two places of stringed instruments to produce what is later referred to in Joe Frank programs as a "drone". In later programs a drone is produced using a synthesizer/sampler, has a more vocal sound, and is a key feature of many programs.


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Joe says he doesn't know if he has ever experienced true love, but the descriptions in this program betray to me that he has.

External Links

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