Side Man tells the story of a troubled family set against the backdrop of the waning years of the jazz era. The play is told in selected flashbacks by Clifford as he relates the story of his father, a passionate and talented jazz trumpeter, and his mother, a woman whose marriage was destroyed by her husband's devotion to his music. It is a broken family with no heroes or villains, only people doing the best they can at a time of vast changes in the music world. Side Man took the New York theater world by storm when it garnered the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Playwright, eventually going on to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winning the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play. *Play Talks - Join us after performances on August the 8th, 12th, 15th, and 19th for free, informal discussions with the cast immediately following the show.