Side Man

By Warren Leight

Directed by Zac Curtis

"Winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play. "SIDE MAN…is…a tender, deeply personal memory play about the turmoil in the family of a jazz musician as his career crumbles at the dawn of the age of rock-and-roll…"

Produced by UW Rock County Theatre at U.W. - Rock County Kirk Denmark Theatre, 2909 Kellogg Janesville

Performances: November 1-3, 2012

Performance Times: 7:30, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Ticket Prices: $3 for UW Rock County Students $7 for Adults

Call 608-758-6565 ext.712 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will take place any time between 5pm and 8pm on Sept. 20th. Callbacks as needed Sept. 21. Community are encouraged to audition. No prepared material required. Cold readings will be provided. Auditions will take place in the UW - Rock County Kirk Denmark Theatre.

Side Man – Character Summary (5 men, 2 women)

A Note: this play takes place over the course of 30+ years, as such, all characters play a range of ages.

Clifford Glimmer – 29 years old, but plays as young as age 10 in the show. Son to Terry and Gene. Clifford narrates the show.

Gene Glimmer – Late 20s through his late 50s. Gene Glimmer is Clifford’s father. He is a jazz trumpet player.

Al – Late 20s through late 50s/early 60s. A macho guy,

Ziggy – Late 20s through late 50s. Trumpet player. Class clown and pronounced speech impediment written into the dialogue, a bilateral lisp.

Jonesy – Late 20s through late 50s. Trombone player, one-eyed, and a junkie (or ex-junkie by the end of the play).

Terry Glimmer – Mid 20s through mid 50s. Clifford’s mother. Over the course of her life she transforms from a tough yet hopelessly naïve Italian girl fromEast Boston into a hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking, manic survivor of an unhappy marriage.

Patsy – Mid 20s through mid 50s. Waitress at the Melody Lounge, has a thing for jazz musicians. Has motherly tendencies towards Clifford. (ProvidencePlayers)