American Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 4

Who Am I This Time? (2 Feb. 1982)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama
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From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely-... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
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Helene Shaw
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Harry Nash
Robert Ridgely ...
George Johnson
Dorothy Patterson ...
Doris
Caitlin Hart ...
Lydia
Les Podewell ...
Les
Aaron Freeman ...
Andrew
Jerry Vile ...
Albert
Paula Frances ...
Minnie
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Stage Manager
Ron Parady ...
Debbi Hopkins ...
Christie
Maria Todd ...
Heather
Sandy McLeod ...
Flirt #1
Edie Vonnegut ...
Flirt #2
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From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely--while on stage. Susan Sarandon is new in town, a lonely itinerant telephone company employee. On a whim, she auditions for and gets the part of Stella to Walken's Stanley when the theater group does A Streetcar Named Desire. Before anyone realizes the growing affection between Helene and Stanley, she falls deeply in love with the sexy brute, not knowing what the real man is like. Written by Reid Gagle (with corrections by Fiona!)

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In Vonnegut's short story, the character George Johnson is the first-person narrator. He meets Helene while trying to sort out a phone bill and asks her to try out for the local play. See more »

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[George finds Harry in the hardware store. They are both nervous: George because he will be directing a play for the first time, Harry because he is always nervous. First thing, Harry spills a box of nails from the shelf and they crash upon the floor]
George Johnson: Anyway, I suppose you heard about the, uh, the next play!
[pause. Harry's face is blank, giving nothing away, good or bad]
George Johnson: Well, they asked me to direct, Harry! And I, I know you've only worked with Doris before, so I hope that isn't a problem.
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Unsurpassed tour de force for two fine actors

As a play within a play (contains scenes from Streetcar Named Desire) it is a showcase for the range of these excellent actors -- Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken. It is also a sensitive tale of lonely people finding each other and their hearts.

If the well-earned emotions generated do not bring tears of happiness at the end, perhaps you should look for your own heart.


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