Cocktails Before Dinner

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Cocktails Before Dinner[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Serious Monologue, Absurd Monologue, 59 minutes
Preceded by: Case Studies
Followed by: Dreamland

In this modern technological age, we humans have more than made up for our physical inferiority to animals.

Cocktails Before Dinner is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1986.


  • Making up for our inferiority to animals with technology.
  • Our relationship to our bodies.
  • Experiencing the moment of sleep, death. Ways to die.
  • Breakfast at small tables.
  • Remembering youth in a cab on the way to a hospital.
  • Buying a gun to prepare for nuclear war.
  • Our inability to comprehend the dimensions of the inverse.
  • Alexander the Great finds a walled city, weighs a human eye.
  • Being uncomfortable when an actor at a play emerged from the audience. The audience, everyone, as actors. Everyone as a star of their own life; life as recognition. Tonight's program from the viewpoint of his life, the audience's life.
  • Houdini examined.
  • "A jukebox or a coffin."
  • Joe's past as a teacher: experiencing department meetings in the manner of a student. Sex among teacher and among students, the school's playboy sadist.
  • Joe the filmmaker. A film about St. Florence, patron saint of the unexpressed, funded by dressmakers and shot in Iceland. Filming in white and black.
  • Second person dialog with a hitchhiker.
  • Mimicking those one visits.
  • Description of a dance.


Shared material

Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "Technical production by Tom Strother."