Monologue, Terry Jo
by Max Bense and Ludwig Harrig
Directed by: Klaus Schöning
Translated by: Robert Goss
Co-Production: BARD & WDR Cologne
Final Engineering at Fantasy Studios by: Danny Kopelson
Terry Jo: Sigrid Wurschmidt
Bay Area Performers: Cyril Clayton, Charles Dean, Jerry Corneius, Gus Johnson, Christopher Grove, Elizabeth Keller, Steve LeGrand, Pamela Marsh, David Parr, Shabaka, Morgan Upton
Based on an original French news story about an American family, murdered during a vacation cruse the Caribbean. The young daughter, Terry Jo, escaped on a raft and when rescued several days later spoke incessantly and incoherently about the traumatic experience. Voices taken from the testimony of the actual case was another central acoustical element, significant both for the theme of the drama and the acoustic artistry of the production. As Terry Jo becomes more clear in her memory and speech, the others become more contradictory and obscure.
In Klaus Schöning’s discussion, following the play, he indicates that this is an exceptional example of how a Hörspiel technique, unlike media journalism, presents an objective and unsensational account of horrific events in daily life. Silences, edited pauses, and restraint, are dramatic devices with some implication for survival in the contemporary world.