Building A Church

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Building A Church
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Tim Jerome, Tess Steincolk, Arthur Miller, Joe Frank
Improv Actors, Real People, 55 minutes
Preceded by: Stories For Nothing
Followed by: The Street

May the almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.[1]

Building A Church is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1988.


A minister is imprisoned, escapes using every imaginable transportation. Sounds of construction. The history of church building, windows, clock bells and time-keeping on ships by counting slowly, the history of tools, screws v/s nails, Notre Dam was built based on Hugo's description in NDDP. The cathedral of Chartres was originally a tiny church. A cathedral was built by slaves collapsed 600 years later and plunges the land into chaos. A woman talks about her mother pretending to sell her to gypsies. "This spirit cannot fail you" preacher. Mutilating oneself in church. Becoming the leader of a sect, an orgy in a tent, instructions for making offerings. The nature of love. A man takes advantage of everyone, kills people, experiences a conversion. Sounds of church building. The recycling of churches as secular buildings and consumer goods.


Shared material

  • Material from this program was used in Bad (1989), with music changes.

Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "With Tim Jerome, Tess Steincolk, Arthur Miller, and Joe Frank. It was produced in the studios of KCRW Santa Monica, and mixed by Jeff Sykes."



    1. From the Catholic "At The Foot Of The Cross Prayer"