Performer

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Performer[1]
Series
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
1989
Cast
Lester Nafzger, Julie Renick, Joe Frank
Format
Scripted Actors, Telephone, Mock Interview, 1 hour
Preceded by: Sleep
Followed by: The More I Know You

"A month ago I visited my mother in Columbus Ohio."

Performer is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1989.

Synopsis

  • Lester Nafzger, on the phone, talking about his argumentative mother, 81. They have a tremendous dispute over hypnotism.
  • Superstition: counting 12 babies in arms for 12 days of good luck. Then, the 13th day.
  • Lester tells us his 26 (and counting) definitive life reference points, lynchpins of his existence. Events that didn't make the list.
  • Lester seems to know the height of everyone he knows. He's a numbers guy.
  • Performances: looking for Jerry Rickshaw. Joe and Lester discuss the performance. What Jerry Rickshaw means to Lester.
  • Where's Charlotte.
  • My Teeth Are So Much Uglier Than Yours.
  • Discussion of the role of an artist.
  • Performances: Missing Barbara. Cartoon. Big Band.
  • Lester describes the boogie boys: musical saboteurs.
  • A serene mother-and-baby scene.
  • Lester tells of his struggle to close the nearly 100 holes in the poorly-built wall connecting his furnace room to a porno theater next door. Then we hear audio from a porn movie.
  • Lester recites the weight of everyone he knows.


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Spblat

Life reference points! Fascinating how we all process the passing of our lives in different ways.


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