Not too long ago, the founding members of Sideman Productions were all Dallas-area high school students. But the group spread out during college, attending SMU’s Meadows School, the University of Evansville in Indiana, and University of Minnesota’s Guthrie Theater, among others. Yet no matter where they received their formal training, these young actors returned home to front a new theater company in Plano.
Sideman Productions tries to engage its audience through stage productions that offer earnest explorations of the human condition, such as Neil Labute’s controversial Bash: Latter-day Plays . This upstart theater offers programs that stretch across many genres and eras, but the intent is always to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Plays usually run for consecutive weekends, with show times on Friday and Saturday followed by a Sunday matinee. The group also just completed its first annual Summer Theatre Workshop, during which Sideman members taught the basics and fundamentals of theater to high school students in the Plano area.