A Tony Award winner for Best Play, Side Man delves deep into the postwar New York jazz underground through the life of a celebrated musician and his dysfunctional family. Warren Leight used his own experiences as the son of a jazz musician to create Gene, a talented but emotionally incompetent trumpeter whose pure devotion to music comes at the expense of his relationship with his resentful wife, Terry, and their self-sacrificing son, Clifford.
Masterfully written by one of America’s most lauded playwrights, this deeply human story unfolds in three hotel rooms in Morocco, the Virgin Islands, and Oaxaca, Mexico, as a married couple reflect on their lives as players in the game of international business. A devastating tour-de-force of humor, tragedy, and penetrating insight from one of America’s premier playwrights. An L.A. Theatre Works performance featuring Christine Lahti and Ron Rifkin.