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Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Evelyn/Chantal, Henry Dennis, Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, Improv Actors, 58 minutes
Preceded by: Lines
Followed by: Five Part Dissonance

Gentlemen in striped pants, cutaway morning coats, white fronted vests.

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


Joe in a low, distorted voice describes a upper class concert hall, stalking women at the concert. A woman in a french accent talks about being tired and wanting to escape, Joe coaches her dialog. A presidential candidate makes a speech: promising a vague but great future, immigrants mistaking an oil rig for America, middle class success for third generation immigrants. A rock star talks about being hounded and kidnapped by women, becomes an anti-feminist. Setting taxes by weighing noblemen. French actress talks about falling in love. A faulty garage door opener almost leads to nuclear war. Describing a fantasy woman. Monologue describing dreams: a dream of an inflating mother, being trapped on roller skates in a revolving door, eternity is a mountain whittled away by a bird, being tired of life, being attacked by seafood, painting organs, the life of a condom, wondering through Beirut, buying insurance by the hour, being interviewed about ways to kill people, being a cartoon character spun off as a plastic doll, a list of things one needs, being oiled by women in a room full of video games with a glass floor while a man reads holy books, wanting to go away, watching an old man dance with a beautiful young girl. Joe in a distorted low voice and french woman discuss being sick of each other. Monologue: meeting women in art museums. Candidate speech dissolved into woman saying she is tired.


This is an incomplete record of the music in this program. If you can add more information, please do.

Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "With Evelyn, Henry Dennis, and Joe Frank. It was produced in the studios of KCRW Santa Monica, and mixed by Jeff Sykes."