|WBAI And NPR Playhouse|
|Original Broadcast Date|
|Paul Mantell, Robin Goodman, Brother Theodore, Irene Wagner, Arthur Miller, Tim Jerome, Annalee Jefferies, Joe Frank|
|Scripted Actors, Absurd Monologue, Mock Interview, 29 minutes|
When did it begin? I don't know really.
"Black Coffee" begins and plays under much of the first few minutes and in the rest of the show.
0:30: Joe was feeling bad, worried about his heart, went to see Dr Hess (Brother Theodore). Dr Hess puts his stethoscope on Joe's chest, has a heart attack himself; an ambulance takes him to the ED. Dr Hess ends up in the ICU, his nurse under sedation.
2:10: Joe goes home; someone else is there; he disputes Joe's ownership, slams the door on him.
3:20: A parody Indian guru says death begins as a misunderstanding.
4:30: Joe interviews Dick (Arthur Miller) & Jane (Irene Wagner? Avery Hart?), a couple who make 'Love' movies (don't call it porn!) They air 3 minutes of their latest, The Moving Instant; we hear sounds of passion, a melodramatic Muzak-y version of "Moon River".
8:40: Joe opens the flap of Gindu's (sp?) tent, says he's in Nirvana, 'the nexus where love meets death'. A guy pounds stakes into the ground, he can hear wild animals. Joe goes to the beach where clowns are doing flips. An explosion blows the clowns up.
10: We're back in the 'love' movie: sounds of passion. Dick & Jane lament they don't have enough time.
11:10: Joe says it seems like an ordinary pornographic film. They explain why it's better.
12:40: Joe's in the YMCA on East 14th Street. It's 2 AM; Joe can't sleep: the straw in his mattress needs changing. Joe asks what our nature is, cites Steinfeld's 'Theory of chaos', page 54. Then a fellow with a German-ish accent (Brother Theodore) talks philosophical nonsense.
13:50: "Sentimental Walk" (Vladimir Cosma)
14:10: A woman tells about being with her best friend at the grocery store. A fellow and his wife, who are buying huge hams, invite them to dinner at their house.
18:30: Joe's on the crowded Bosnian express (a train). Workmen play cards; a drunk at the bar tells everybody that they're stupid. A passenger (Arthur Miller) buys and sells animals. The conductor comes in, asking for passports; Joe doesn't have his but the conductor passes him by. Joe remembers his summers in Bosnia. A boatman, offering Joe a ride across the river, can't start its engine.
23:40: Joe has a dream: his body has been split down the middle; a doctor with forceps pulls out pieces of bone and pottery.
24:30: The parody Indian guru is back, talking about how great Nirvana is (they leave a mint on your pillow! The roast beef is rare, and very nice.)
25:40: A man (Tim Jerome, his Spanish/French accent) complains to a woman. He's responsible for burying the clowns, lacks what he needs to do the job.
26:40: Joe awaits Dick & Jane, who have promised him a part in their next movie. Someone left a baby by the water. Joe says he's been dreaming all his life, that this is the end of his dream.
27:20: "The Dawn" (DJ Food) concludes the program, but was not released until 1994 - it was added to the show after the initial broadcast.
Joe's doctor dies, and he finds someone living in his apartment. Voice-over radio plays: an exaggerated Indian accent describes souls who don't know they are dead. An interview with "Love Film" actors. A circus by the sea explodes. Joe can't sleep at the YMCA, emotion is a sign of decadence. Steinfeld's theory of Chaos. A woman describes an encounter with a couple and a girlfriend. Joe is in a bar on a train in the countryside, the conductor questions people (the "Is your business of a personal nature or is it commercial? . . . I buy and sell animals..." dialog), Joe remembers the country side and tries to cross a river. A doctor removes fragments of bone from Joe's body. Indian voice talks about nirvana as a resort hotel. A couple fights at the circus funeral.
- "Black Coffee" - unknown version [Intro]
- "Sentimental Walk" - Vladimir Cosma (from Diva (Original Soundtrack Recording), 1982) | YouTube [14:18]
- "Smile" - Jesse Crawford (from The Best Of Jesse Crawford : The Poet Of The Organ, 1973) | KKBox [25:13]
The original broadcast credits state: "Directed by Arthur Miller, with sound by David Rapkin. Performers were Paul Mantell, Robin Goodman, Arthur Miller, Annalee Jefferies, Irene Wagner, Brother Theodore, Joe Frank, and Tim Jerome."
- This segment was sampled for the track 328 E. 14th St. #11, by The Facts You Requested
- Cosma was inspired by Erik Satie's Gnossiennes
- They end up having an orgy, I think.
- Joe added music to several of his shows when they were rebroadcast or digitized. The updated versions are available at Joefrank.com