Five Part Dissonance

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Five Part Dissonance[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Eric Sears, Arthur Miller, Avery Hart, Paul Mantell, F. Murray Abraham, Annalee Jefferies, Joe Frank
Improv Actors, Sound Effects, Absurd Monologue, Live, 1 hour
Preceded by: Words
Followed by: Emerald Isle

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


  • A panel discussion about esp: learning esp, picking up on thoughts, an esp demonstration, psychodynamic juggling.
  • Communication throughout history, smoke signals, heliography, semaphore, alpine horns, speaking tubes.
  • Traveling in search of death and shaving.
  • Drum solo.
  • Panicked man begs "don't make me do it" accompanied by a bizarre moaning soundtrack.
  • Panel discussion: falling asleep while falling asleep.
  • A man moans and strains while a woman giggles.
  • Being buried alive.
  • A woman moans.
  • Joe talks about seeing a beautiful woman in an elevator.
  • Life as here and there and this and that, trying to get there, freedom and slavery, looking in the mirror and shaving.
  • Joe describes his favorite TV detective program against a live percussive background before an audience: seeing the actor on a talk show, neighbors are baffled by a nice guy who shoots strangers from his window, Joe is a nice guy except when driving, he seeks out the film star in order to attack him, befriends him, and becomes trapped in a television program,
  • nihilism, immortality in the past, discordant stuff.
  • A man's shoelaces are tied together and he's abducted by aliens from a planet that plays mahjong and feed him opium.
  • The talking drum.
  • Looking for a hotel where one had been as a child.
  • Gravely distorted voice of an elevator operator.

Interesting Facts

Shares some material with Great Lives, The Death Of Trotsky, Joe Frank In Concert and Rare Recording, The.


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