Night (Part 2)

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Night (Part 2)[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Serious Monologue, Absurd Monologue, Narrative Monologue
58 minutes
Preceded by: Night (Part 1)
Followed by: Night (Remix)

When Donna got to L.A., the club where she'd been booked had closed down.

Night (Part 2) is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1989.


Continuing Donna’s story from Night Part 1. Donna arrives in LA and meets Kevin at The Circus of Love; they began dating, but never make love. Kevin asks Donna to travel with him.

Stories of Turner, an Army pilot in Vietnam. Boom-Boom, the ill-behaved monkey mascot of Turner’s group. The beauty of the country. Turner, after he’s discharged with friend Mike, arrested for selling marijuana; Turner’s altercations with other inmates in jail. After release from jail, he lived in the woods in California; stories about Turner’s mother and father.

In winter, Turner visits his sister Carmen, who lives in squalor; Turner becomes a card dealer; observes people who’d worked in sawmills who ultimately amount to nothing. Turner considers suicide. Decides to visit his cousin Andrea in Fullerton who introduces Turner to Matthew.

Andrea is part of a movement led by Matthew who lectures and gives out mantras. Turner is intrigued and impressed by Matthew. He makes moral sense. Matthew conducts a “mind study” on Turner – sees his past lives, aura of present, and his future. Story about Carmen and Roy, her son. Turner visits as she is dying from cancer, ants crawling all over her body. Tales from Turner’s time at the Santa Barbara Cultural Center. Turner becomes Matthew’s personal pilot. The movement breaks down.

Kevin and Dave discover a woman dead in Matthew’s pool. Turner is physically deteriorating.


Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "[W]ritten and narrated by Joe Frank."