End, The

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The End[1]
WBAI And NPR Playhouse
Original Broadcast Date
Barbara Sohmers, Clark Gordon, Paul Mantell, Robin Goodman, Avery Hart, Brother Theodore, Larry Block, Irene Wagner, Arthur Miller, Tim Jerome, Annalee Jeffries, Joe Frank.
Directed by Arthur Miller, sound by David Rapkin. Written and produced by Joe Frank
Scripted Actors, Absurd Monologue, Mock Interview, 30 minutes
Preceded by: Pilot
Followed by: The Decline Of Spengler

"When did it begin? I don't know really."

The End is a thirty minute programs Joe Frank produced as part of the series NPR Playhouse. It is typically broadcast together with Pilot. It originally aired in 1983.


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.

Interesting Facts


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

  • "Black Coffee" - unknown version
  • "Moon River" - Peter Nero (from For The Nero-Minded, 1962)
  • "Sentimental Walk" - Vladimir Cosma (from Diva (Original Soundtrack Recording), 1982)
  • "The Dawn" - DJ Food (from Jazz Brakes Volume 5, 1994) [added to later version; not in the original broadcast version]


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