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Side Man-Jackson, MS - Casting ID # 1589610
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Jackson, MS Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 02-05-19
Audition Date 03-10-19 Submission deadline 03-09-19
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Set in 1953 and traveling to 1985, this lovely and poignant memory play unfolds through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, an alcoholic mother.


Role # 1 Clifford Glimme
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Son to Terry and Gene, glue that holds their marriage together, and narrator of this play. Leight notes that he is “overly responsible, sensitive, and wry.” I would supplement this with Patsy’s line at one point in the play: that when he was 6 years old he looked 30, and he hasn’t changed a bit. Deep respect for the jazz scene and his father’s craft, deeply conflicted over his upbringing.



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Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Gene Glimmer
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Gene Glimmer is Clifford’s father; nickname is “turtle”. He is a jazz trumpet player, works as a side man his whole life. He tends to be spacey, detached, out-of-sync with the world, except when playing his trumpet.



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Gender: Male
Age: from 27 to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Al
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A macho guy, as far as jazz musicians come. Lead trumpet player with big bands, a scoundrel with women, and spends a lot of time with Ziggy on stage trading jabs, jokes, and wives (Patsy).



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Gender: Male
Age: from 27 to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Ziggy
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Trumpet player, side man with the other guys (excluding Clifford). He is the guy in your group of friends who is always making wisecracks in an effort to be everyone’s buddy and universally liked, for better or for worse. Pronounced speech impediment written into the dialogue, a bilateral lisp.



Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 27 to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Jonesy
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Side man, trombone player, one-eyed, oddly prophetic, and a junkie (or ex-junkie by the end of the play). For all of his escapism via the drugs, he seems to be strangely more aware of reality than the other guys.



Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 27 to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Terry Glimmer
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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, more-than-a-little manic survivor of an unhappy marriage. For all of her bitterness, she still deeply cares for her husband/his music, and especially for her son.



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Gender: Female
Age: from 24 to 26
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Patsy
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Waitress at the recurring Melody Lounge, has a thing for jazz musicians, is lover or wife to each of the guys, sans Gene, at one point or another. A confidante to Terry, and maybe a bit more in-tune with the realities of the world than she is. She has taken the passage of time more gracefully than any of the others. Has motherly tendencies towards Clifford.



Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 24 to 26
Ethnicity: Any -