Emerald Isle

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Emerald Isle[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Fionualla Flannigan, Larry Block, Joe Frank
Improv Actors, Scripted Actors, Serious Monologue, Absurd Monologue, Singing, 1 hour
Preceded by: Five Part Dissonance
Followed by: Home

"Oh Emerald Isle, surrounded by the raging sea."

Emerald Isle is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1988.


  • Sound of rain.
  • monologue by Joe: a meditation on Ireland, Dublin.
  • monologue by an actress with an Irish accent in the second person: She has found racy magazines in her dormer's room.
  • She accidentally read his journal, found it was about her.
  • She admits to having feelings for him. She sings Misty, is greeted with applause and thanks the band, starts on "That Old Black Magic" in a monotonic whisper.
  • Joe: A magician sets his audience on fire; a volunteer is sawed in two and dies horribly; a magician is pulled into a hat by a disembodied hand.
  • Ode to woman: high school cheerleader, business woman, nurse, homemaker, secretary, stewardess, prostitute, torch singer.
  • Actors: the Irish singer calls her Agent to complain about her hotel, they argue. Joe delivers a second person monologue: you explore a run down hotel; a mental patient obsessively opens and closes a trunk; bathroom graffiti.
  • The story of a maid; she knows the secrets of the inhabitants of the house she cleans.
  • When she discovers that the family is planning to fire her, she leaves and becomes a blues singer.
  • The Irish singer and her agent continue to argue.
  • Joe monologue: one side of a stock conversation to accompany an illicit affair.
  • The Irish singer talks about comforting men.
  • Edie Brickell song, "Nothing."

Interesting Facts

Shares material with Clement At Christmas, Live At Market Street.


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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