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Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Arthur Miller, Paul Mantell, Avery Hart, Lester Nafzger, Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, Improv Actors, 59 minutes
Preceded by: Cocktails Before Dinner
Followed by: Rose

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome.

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


Joe announces what's coming on tonight's show: global leaders rigged up as marionettes, the Red Army Chorus, Bruno of Vienna, Bog Man (a 100,000 year old corpse preserved in a peat bog), the Yaco (sp?) people of Guam who have bred with teak trees, thus becoming very hard…

3:40: Somebody tells about the Kapts, a people in ancient Turkey who kidnapped others. Because no one else lived there they kidnapped inanimate objects, then each other.

6:20: Joe tells about his favorite wrestler, Mr Capital, a predatory capitalist who perpetrates all the common crimes of Capitalists. He bought all the organic farms on Long Island, converted them to a theme park, Dreamland. Mr Capital has a sequence of surreal experiences, including throwing a little girl who floats into space.

18:20: Joe calls his bank's automated telephone service, finds his balance is $1.62.

19:30: Joe talks about kidnapping.

24:50: Joe tells of Dr Ostrowsky (sp?) and his wife. He has a sequence of surreal experiences, visits Dreamland, which has fallen into disrepair.

36:40: Joe tells of a new wave band's recording session that ends up with such a severe anthrax outbreak that authorities detonate a small nuclear weapon, killing 200,000, to stop its spread. "This story has never been told."

45:20: People (2-3 men, 1 woman) tell how much ransom was paid for them when they were held hostage.

52:00: Joe calls the White House switchboard, can't talk to the president.

53:00: Joe talks to a Yaco person: he's hard.

54:20: Joe eats the sweetmeat recovered from Bog Man.

Legacy Synopsis

Mr. Capital, the Kapts, kidnapping and the swiss hostage exchange, Dr. Estrowski and Dreamland, third person version of the teeth chattering and seizure fantasy, disaster in a rock recording studio, hostage panel discussion, Joe calls the white house.


Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "[W]ritten and produced by Joe Frank. Special thanks to Paul Mantell, Irene Wagner, Lester Nafzger, and Arthur Miller. Technical production by Tom Strother."