Sibs

Apr 10, 2021 - Apr 16, 2021 | Online



by Diane Flacks and Richard Greenblatt

Directed by Alisa Palmer
Music Composed and Performed by Rick Sacks
Sound Design and Edit by Chris Tolley

 

A Tarragon Acoustic Production in association with PlayME Podcast’s Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley
Anchored in a poignant moment—adult siblings dealing with their parents’ estate—the play flashes through the many stages of sibling history, from infancy through the rich miseries of growing up, the alien landscape of adolescence and teen years, and the inevitable confusions of adulthood. Affection, jealousy, curiosity, tender guidance, us-against-them, deep love, and deep hatred: all the cards are brought into play in this FREE acoustic production just in time for International Siblings’ Day!

First produced at Tarragon in March 2000, Sibs was remounted at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in October 2000, produced by Tarragon.

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Audio stream will be available until 11:59 p.m. April 16, 2021. Tickets must be purchased before 3:00 p.m. on April 15, 2021. A link to the audio stream will be sent to ticket holders within 24 hours of purchase. Please note that virtual tickets sometimes get sent to your Junk or Spam folder.

BIOS

Richard Greenblatt
Richard Greenblatt is an actor, director, writer, and musician who has been a professional theatre artist for the last 46 years. He was born in Montréal and received his acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England. He has performed in theatres across Canada and abroad, as well as in feature films, television and radio.

He has a long history with the Tarragon Theatre, dating back to the late 70’s when he performed in The Dream Play. He has directed numerous shows for the company, including, Public Lies, True West, and Plan B, amongst others. He has also directed several pieces written by Diane Flacks, such as Gravity Calling, By A Thread, and Waiting Room. The list as a co-writer/performer include Theory of Relatives, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, as well as Sibs and Care (both with Diane Flacks). Sibs was made into a made-for-television movie for the CBC, for which he co-wrote the screenplay as well as co-performed with Flacks.

Other pieces he has created and performed in include two solo shows; Soft Pedaling (Factory and national tour), and Letters from Lehrer (CanStage). Athabasca, co-written and co-performed with David S. Craig, was a major critical and box office hit at the Next Stage Festival.

He has directed well over 130 productions for other theatres across the country, the vast majority being original and/or Canadian works, including numerous award-winning and ground breaking works for Young Audiences. Recently he directed the opera Hook Up for Tapestry Opera, Elektra at Humber College, and is presently directing and is the dramaturg for a new musical at Musical Stage entitled Divorce Lunch

He has taught acting, directing and play creation at almost all of the major theatre training institutions in Canada. He has won 7 Dora Awards and two Chalmers Playwriting Awards. He lives in Toronto.



Diane Flacks
Diane Flacks is a writer/actor, comedian, story editor, and dramaturge in TV, theatre, radio, and film. Most recently, Diane played the titular role of Nathan in Nathan the Wise in Stratford’s 2019/2020 season. She also recently wrote and starred in Unholy, her critically acclaimed play about women and religion for Nightwood Theatre. Unholy was remounted twice in Toronto, nominated for a Dora for outstanding new play, was filmed live for Zoomer TV (which aired summer 2020), and was published in fall 2019.

As a playwright, selected plays at the Tarragon Theatre include: Waiting Room, SIBS, and Care with Richard Greenblatt (SIBS was also adapted and filmed for CBC as an MOW), and her internationally acclaimed solo show By A Thread.

Other plays include: Bear With Me (adapted from her book of the same name and from which an excerpt was filmed for the CBC’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival), Luba Simply Luba, and her other solo shows Myth Me, and Random Acts which have been critically acclaimed and remounted internationally.

Newly developing, a one-person play that premiered at the We’re Funny That Way queer comedy festival, called Guilt. She was part of the 2019 Stratford playwright residency, and is currently working on a new play, which received the Elliot Hayes playwright Award the Stratford festival called Blessed and a re-telling of the Greek story of Cassandra. Diane works as a dramaturge, workshop leader and teacher of writing in all genres.

Diane writes and produces TV, including as a key creative on Workin’ Moms, Baroness von Sketch Show, Young Drunk Punk, Working the Engels, PR, The Broad Side, Behind the Scenes, Listen Missy, and Kids in the Hall – for which she was nominated for an Emmy. She was the supervising producer of Qanuril, an Inuit language series for APTN for its last three seasons.

Ongoing, she is serving as co-creative and “story-breaker” on two projects in development with Shaftesbury, Unnerved and Funeral for a Lesbian Bar. She’s developed series with eOne, First Generation Films and Accent Entertainment, to name a few. She has been a long-time national parenting columnist for CBC radio, and was a feature columnist for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Today’s Parent among others. She played the lead in the independent queer film Portrait of A Serial Monogamist, and in the play Body Politic, for which she was nominated for a Dora.

She is continually developing multiple television and film projects, and has just started CrossFit… (on Zoom)
www.dianeflacks.com  http://mqlit.ca/playwrights/diane-flacks/

 

Alisa Palmer - Director
Alisa Palmer is an internationally trained, award-winning theatre director, playwright, and producer. Her work crosses genres, including the classics, contemporary plays, collaborative creations, musicals and operas. Ms. Palmer‘s work is characterized by vivid performances, a bold use of music, powerful visuals and a passionate commitment to the body politic. She is the recipient of numerous awards both in Canada and internationally and has premiered and toured original and provocative theatre creations for over twenty -five years. Ms Palmer is the Artistic Director of the National Theatre School of Canada, English Section, and is looking forward to what theatre has in store for us all on the other side of the pandemic.



Rick Sacks - Music Composed and Performed
After receiving a Masters in Music from SUNY Stony Brook Rick Sacks performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, NY Shakespeare Theatre and Alice Tully Hall.He regularly performs in Toronto and tours worldwide (Vancouver and Beijing Olympics, Shanghai Expo, Mongolia, Europe). His Water Music (Victoria Symphony) utilized remote controlled flying fish and a deep-sea diver costume. With three Mongolian musicians, Rick received a DORA award for Tono and again (2020) for Trace (Red Sky). From 2011 to 2016 he was Artistic Director of Arraymusic. Rick freelances as a conductor, percussionist, sound designer and composer and broadcasts weekly as Soundpilot (Twitch.tv/soundpilot).