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Ed Bowes, Sexless/Half A Family (1975)

Sexless/Half A Family (1975), written by Ed Bowes, is constructed around the writer's real-world experiences and fantasies while writing a Hollywood screenplay. Charles Ruas and Bowes introduce the piece. The radio play is performed by: Mary Barnan, Elizabeth Canon, Vito Acconci, Joan Schwartz, Karen Achenbach, Ed Friedman, Anne Troy, Rochelle Kraut, Bill Kortum, Ed Bowes, and Charles Ruas. Other credits include Miles Smith (engineer), John Isaac (technical assistance), and The Walsung Company (Bowes' production company). Music selections are from Harry Nilsson/Joe Cocker, David Bowie, and Brian Eno.

Note: Some audio distortion is the result of deterioration of the original reel-to-reel tapes and restoration processing. This recording was provided to from the personal library of Ed Bowes. Special thanks to technical consultant Scott Konzelmann.

Ed Bowes is a writer and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts, and has written numerous plays in addition to Sexless. His film and video projects include Contradiction, Time, Entanglement, Against the Slope of Social Speech, Filp, and Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment. He is the recipient of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, and the Distinguished Artist-Teacher Award from SVA.


Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


An unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas, and featuring Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others.