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Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, Singing, 53 minutes
Preceded by: Islands
Followed by: Performer

I was a child, it was late at night, I couldn't sleep.

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


  • Scenes from a fancy party: Joe can only look downwards, he is a specimen in a lecture hall, people begin dying.
  • Joe as a childhood troublemaker.
  • Compulsive borrowing, theft.
  • Grave robbing, cornering the market on ball point pens and personal lubricants, creating allies through blackmail.
  • First person address to God.
  • Rhythmic humming / coughing, etc.
  • How to be happy.
  • Ode to the highway.
  • Dancing among the sacred cowgirls.
  • Joe hires a call-girl from a TV advert.
  • "I have seen. . . " monologue.
  • Rhythmic singing in a child's voice.


Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "Recorded by Bob Carlson and Jeff Sykes, and mixed by Jeff Sykes. Sleep was created in collaboration with Arthur Miller and David Rapkin."