Drummer Wanted
Frank gets hit by a car and breaks his leg. His mom nurses him back to health. Frank is a rock drummer. His mom plays piano and sells real estate. They talk about what they want out of life. Frank has nightmares of his mother abandoning him. They drive to a karaoke place together. Frank gets drunk and shares a dubious sea rescue tale. They sing. At home, they fight. The lawyer calls and tells them Frank will get $150,000 from the insurance company. Frank says he’ll finally move out, but his mom is skeptical. Frank calls her a bitch and she kicks him out. Frank talks about the consequences of breaking a vicious circle as he approaches the threshold of the future.

Written and Directed by Richard Maxwell

Mother: Ellen LeCompte
Frank: Pete Simpson

Set: Angela Moore
Lights: Michael Schmelling
Costumes: Tory Vazquez
Producer: Barbara Hogue
Production Manager: Neal Wilkinson
Production Assistant: Christina Masciotti

Production History

Performance Space 122, New York 2001
The Performing Garage, New York 2002
Festival Theaterformen, Hanover 2002
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt 2002
Hebbel Theater, Berlin 2002
Fresh Terrain, Austin 2003
On the Boards, Seattle 2003
BITE, London 2003
Szene Salzburg, 2003
Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia 2003
The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus 2003
Festival d’Automne à Paris, 2003
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 2004
Exodos Festival, Ljubljana 2004
New Drama Festival, Moscow 2006


A Family Makes Unbeautiful Music Together, The New York Times, 2001
Drummer Wanted, Richard Maxwell, The Austin Chronicle, 2003


A co-production of Festival Theaterformen 2002 and the Wexner Center for the Arts with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Trust.