Friday, Oct 9, 2020

All readings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Zoom link below.

Full length play!

Three Musicians, by Chuck Workman


Three Musicians is about members of a former small rock group, all around forty, and the wife of one of them..  PETER, married to DORIE, now lives modestly teaching guitar.  HARLEY is successful in commercial music but feels Peter should return to performing.  AUSTIN, the band's former drummer, is intent on bringing the band back.

When they all get together again, Dorie, who had an affair with Harley, finds herself back with him. Harley's own success is threatened by what Peter represents. When Peter unexpectedly dies, Harley realizes his relationship was far more significant than his successes.


Chuck Workman is an Oscar-winning filmmaker, mostly of documentaries (Andy Warhol, Superstar; The Source, on the Beats; Magician, on Orson Welles) and several short films, who has worked in the theater as well for many years as a playwright and director.


An early directing credit was for the Liederkranz Opera Theater in New York (a branch then of the New York City Opera), where he directed Menotti's The Medium. After moving to Los Angeles, he joined a writer's workshop at Los Angeles Actors Theatre, where performances of his one-act, Bruno's Ghost, was presented with David Proval and Margot Kidder.  Later, his one-act was produced by Los Angeles Theatre Center, a monologue for a basketball coach, called The Man Who Wore White Shoes.

Workman's first full-length play was a political comedy called Diplomacy. It was directed by Charles Marowitz and produced at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, where it ran for three months and featured Garrett Morris, Joe Regalbuto, and Jennifer Salt.  His play Bloomers was presented at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, featuring Laraine Newman and produced by Milton Katselas.


Following a ten-year period where he was concentrating on film and teaching, Workman returned to the theater as a playwright, and was invited to join the Actors Studio Playwrights Unit.  His play If Love Were All was read there. A new play, Three Musicians, will have a reading there in 2020 or 2021  If Love Were All was also given a reading at the Adobe Theatre in Albuquerque.


Workman studied with Stella Adler, and was part of a workshop led by Harold Clurman.. He was artistic director of a short-lived theater group in Los Angeles, the Chaplin Theatre Company. He directed in Los Angeles at several small theaters, including the Skylight Theatre, and the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles.


Workman lives in Irvine, California

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Zoom Host: Grant Gelvin