Emerald Isle

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Emerald Isle[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Fionualla Flannigan, Larry Block, Joe Frank
Improv Actors, Scripted Actors, Serious Monologue, Absurd Monologue, Singing, 1 hour
Preceded by: Five Part Dissonance
Followed by: Home

Oh Emerald Isle, surrounded by the raging sea.

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


  • Sound of rain.
  • monologue by Joe: a meditation on Ireland, Dublin.
  • monologue by an actress with an Irish accent in the second person: She has found racy magazines in her dormer's room.
  • She accidentally read his journal, found it was about her.
  • She admits to having feelings for him. She sings Misty, is greeted with applause and thanks the band, starts on "That Old Black Magic" in a monotonic whisper.
  • Joe: A magician sets his audience on fire; a volunteer is sawed in two and dies horribly; a magician is pulled into a hat by a disembodied hand.
  • Ode to woman: high school cheerleader, business woman, nurse, homemaker, secretary, stewardess, prostitute, torch singer.
  • Actors: the Irish singer calls her Agent to complain about her hotel, they argue. Joe delivers a second person monologue: you explore a run down hotel; a mental patient obsessively opens and closes a trunk; bathroom graffiti.
  • The story of a maid; she knows the secrets of the inhabitants of the house she cleans.
  • When she discovers that the family is planning to fire her, she leaves and becomes a blues singer.
  • The Irish singer and her agent continue to argue.
  • Joe monologue: one side of a stock conversation to accompany an illicit affair.
  • The Irish singer talks about comforting men.
  • Edie Brickell song, "Nothing."

Interesting Facts


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

  • "Misty" - unknown instrumental version
  • "The Kiss" - Harold Budd (from The White Arcades, 1988)
  • "Brussels" - Jon Hassell (from The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound, 1987)
  • "Danny's All-Star Joint" - Rickie Lee Jones (from Rickie Lee Jones, 1979)
  • "Nothing" - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (from Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars, 1988)


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