Red Sea (A Compilation)
|The Other Side|
|Original Broadcast Date|
|January 28, 2001|
|Absurd Monologue, 60 minutes|
|Followed by:||Where Will It End?|
There was a time when I looked in the mirror, and I could see nothing.
Joe recounts when he was invisible. He wrapped his head in gauze. He lost his job as bank teller.
6:20: Joe (still invisible) took a vow of silence. He gradually stopped understanding words. He hired hookers. He joined a Buddhist monastery in Idaho, but they wouldn't let him stay because of the gauze.
9:50: Joe tells God how much they've been through together, how well they understand each other, looks forward to getting together again on Sunday, wonders why their relationship's faltering.
13:30: Joe recounts when he had a breakdown, was committed to mental hospital on a ship.
22:50: Joe talks about the relationship between erectile tissue and pollen, a conference in Prague, the use of pyribenzamine as an aphrodisiac. A physician and his assistant, lovers, come dressed as a nose and a swab, get into a fight; the physician kills the assistant.
28:50: Joe recounts troubled flight to Lima for an expedition to dig in Mayan ruins. Celia Brown, a beautiful young woman in the crew, comes to his room at night, is obsessed with him; she speaks to him in German. He takes pyribenzamine, which reminds him of seeing his mother with a lover as a child; he gets sick, faints.
36:10: Sweet nothings in German.
39:40: Joe tells of a rabbi's wife who sleeps with everybody else in town. When the rabbi confronts her, she takes offense, packs all her stuff and leaves.
45:50: Joe tells of a hermaphrodite and eunuch who share a hotel room. The hermaphrodite happily makes love to itself; the eunuch reads and goes for walks. They disapprove of each other. The eunuch buys a ticket to Minsk; the rabbi's wife gets on the train.
49:20: Joe asks what we learn from this story, offers some parody morals.
50:30: Cantor sings prayers over 'Go faster'
54:40: '10 × 10' by 808 State
55:50: Joe describes what's on the Red Sea, including a crew from Harvard and a yeshiva.
Joe is an invisible bank teller, takes a vow of silence. Discussing the end of a relationship with god. Joe is in a mental hospital on a ship with a mad psychiatrist who declares the ship a sovereign nation and declares war on New Zealand. Pyrobenzamine, side effects, and the doctor who kills his male lover assistant at a medical conference, goes to prison, and tries to escape by mailing himself. Flying into the Lima airport in a plane which lost an engine. Joe falls for a woman at an anthropological dig, remembers his childhood. Interpreting a story: the cheating rabbi's wife and the eunuch and the hermaphrodite. Boats on the red sea.
- Very different from Red Sea (1996 version). Includes the invisible bank teller material from White Moon.