This Week In Joe’s Basement, episode 08: Stories About Policemen

Three monologues about encounters with authority figures, delivered in intense close-up. Each of the performers wears headphones and hears his own voice delayed and filtered by a “harmonizer” manipulated by a crew member. The performers occasionally struggle to keep a train of thought, distracted by these distorted echoes in the headphones. Juan Luco recounts his run-ins with an authoritarian soccer coach; Joe Winston relates his arrest and strip-search as a suspected terrorist bomber (these were more innocent times!) and John Harriman remembers his high school days as a casual thief, breaking into people’s homes – and getting caught. AIR DATES: March 19, 26, 1990

Description:

Three monologues about encounters with authority figures, delivered in intense close-up.  Each of the performers wears headphones and hears his own voice delayed and filtered by a “harmonizer” manipulated by a crew member. The performers occasionally struggle to keep a train of thought, distracted by these distorted echoes in the headphones.

Juan Luco recounts his run-ins with an authoritarian soccer coach; Joe Winston relates his arrest and strip-search as a suspected terrorist bomber (these were more innocent times!) and John Harriman remembers his high school days as a casual thief, breaking into people’s homes – and getting caught.

Production Notes:

This episode later aired on WTTW Chicago’s Image Union.  It featured the first mail sent to the P.O. Box, but it was from Joe’s friend, Jengis (seen in “Enhanced Reality.”)

 

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