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Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Serious Monologue, Narrative Monologue, 1 hour
Preceded by: A Pact With God
Followed by: When She's Asleep, She Looks Like An Angel

"Ok, here I am, four years old, sitting on the handlebars of our lawnmower."

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


Joe narrates a slide show of his life. He describes having an affair with fellow teachers: a woman with scars on her face who later marries a rich man, a woman who has her teeth capped, a half deaf hypochondriac librarian for whom he later pretends to be obese, an overweight woman who goes to gyms. "History is other people," and ending up "only a teacher." The fictionalized story of Marmouth, illegitimate son of the king and pretender to the throne of England, who lead a failed revolution in 1685. The story is interspersed by the song "the great pretender." Slide show includes women in nude magazines. Woman speaks a brief second person monologue to her lover. Sounds of battle.

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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