Tour Of The City, A (Part 1)

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A Tour Of The City (Part 1)[1]
WBAI And NPR Playhouse
Original Broadcast Date
Alan Hunter, Marilyn Casky, Barbara Sohmers, Arthur Miller, Richard Bower, Tim Jerome, Mark Hammer, Joseph Palmieri, Larry Block, Joe Frank
Scripted Actors, Sound Effects, 1 hour
Preceded by: Questions
Followed by: A Tour Of The City (Part 2)

"You're in a commercial jet, circling above a city."

A Tour Of The City (Part 1) is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series WBAI And NPR Playhouse. It was originally broadcast in 1984.

This program was broadcast in two parts, the first is 60 minutes long. The second part is 30 minutes.


Second person monologue: You arrive in a plane which nearly crashes. Cab driver talks about suicide methods. Scenes from a street. The principals are introduced in monologue. Voltgen gives an electrocism lecture to a novice. Electrocism ceremony. A man bathes his disabled wife. Seeing a speck in the desert that becomes a wall of water and a giant drawn by horses. Religious orders and commandments. Bizarre boxing matches: a knight and a caveman, a housewife and a giant bug. The president addresses the public via loud speakers. The mans wife confronts him. Hero mythology. Discussion with Voltgen about love. Electrocism initiation. Man argues with his wife, gets a threatening phone call, is watched by a helicopter. President hums a childhood song over loudspeakers. Sounds of an explosion. A man talks about watching people from a helicopter. President asks people to spy on their neighbors.

Interesting Facts

  • Material from this program was later included in the programs Nightride and Black Hole.
  • The text from this program was published in the form of a play.


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