No, this has nothing to do with the movie of the same name. The only thing these two have in common is the title and the barebones premise of a guy standing on a ledge over 10 stories from the ground. For those who are critical of the movie, this might be the story you were looking for. For those who are fans of the movie, check it out anyway. Why not satisfy the curiosity of experiencing the plot in a different way. While Man on a Ledge the movie is a standard espionage thriller, Man on a Ledge the audio play is somewhere between an oddball black comedy and an existential black comedy, written and directed by Joe Maggio (Blood Feast).
The man on a ledge is John Alba (Vincent D’Onofrio, Full Metal Jacket). He is the type who has been beaten down all of his life. Even worse, he had just returned from a trip to Amsterdam to see his girlfriend only for her to (in his own words) “miller” him. So there he sits over 10 floors above the ground, with the police are watching him.
The first half of act 1 unfolds as a bizarre existential play. At first, it seems like he is going on a balcony, thanks to the masterful deception of the sound editing. Then Alba begins a monologue about how the miseries of his life and about how he “woke up one morning and decided he couldn’t take it anymore.” All delivered to a bird. Then the sound of distant sirens is heard, revealing he casually sits on a ledge. Of course, it’s not much of a shock considering the title.