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, 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.
About the authors
Diane Flacks is a writer/performer. She recently completed her first book: Bear With Me... What They Don’t Tell You about Pregnancy and New Motherhood, published by McClelland and Stewart; and available nationwide. In the fall of 2006, she adapted it for a live solo performance, which toured to London’s Grand Theatre. It has also been invited to Montreal’s Just For Laugh’s Festival. In April/May 2006, her play, Care, written and performed with Richard Greenblatt, ran at the Tarragon Theatre. Diane is writing a new screenplay, The Progressive Dinner, with director Laurie Lynd, and a new play, The Five Stages, with Bev Cooper for Nightwood Theatre.
She is currently developing a new comedy television series called Here It Is, with the Heroic Film Company. She has created and toured three hit solo shows: Myth Me, (which toured nationally and to HBO studios in Los Angeles), By A Thread produced at the Tarragon (which twice toured to La Mama Theatre in New York City, was adapted for CBC television, and was nominated for a Dora Award), and Random Acts, produced by Nightwood Theatre, directed by Alisa Palmer. Random Acts was published in an anthology by Playwrights Canada Press in 2006.
Written and performed with Richard Greenblatt was the critically acclaimed play Sibs, produced twice by the Tarragon to sell-out crowds. It was nominated for the Chalmers Playwrighting award, and published in spring 2002 by Playwright’s Canada Press. Diane and Richard adapted Sibs for a CBC television movie that first aired in the fall of 2003. As an actor she has appeared in films and Canadian episodic TV series, and in numerous roles in Canadian theatres including The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine for Theatre Columbus, The Theory of Relatives (which she co-created) at the Tarragon, and The Serpent Woman for Theatre Smith Gilmour.
Richard Greenblatt was born and raised in Montreal and trained as an actor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. He returned to Canada in the mid-70s and has been working as an actor, director, writer, musician and educator ever since. His work has taken him across the country, throughout the U.S., and in Europe and Japan. The vast majority of his extensive directing work has been with the development and premieres of original scripts, many of which were for Theatre for Young Audiences. His handbook for scriptwork, Text and Context: The Operative Word, was published in 2021. Richard has written and performed two solo shows (Soft Pedalling and Letters from Lehrer), co-authored two plays with Diane Flacks (Sibs and Care), and co-authored the immensely successful 2 Pianos 4 Hands with Ted Dykstra, which they performed almost 1,000 times and has been seen around the world in hundreds of other productions. He has taught acting and directing at most of the top training institutions in Canada and is the recipient of numerous Dora and Chalmers Awards. Richard lives in Toronto.
- Short-listed, Chalmers New Play Award
"Sibs is an impressionistic exploration, fast and often very furious, of the complex relationship between brothers and sisters. Anchored in a poignant moment—adult siblings dealing with their parent's estate—the play flashes through the many stages of sibling history, from infancy ("This is my little brother"), through the rich miseries of growing up, the alien landscape of the adolescent 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." –Urjo Kareda