Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions
In Association with Rising Phoenix Repertory
Presents the World Premiere of:
THE SIBLINGS PLAY
By Ren Dara Santiago
Directed by Jenna Worsham
The Siblings Play delves deep into the psyche of a teenage girl and her two brothers left to raise each other in their parents' absence. The play looks at the ways these three teenagers protect, love, fight, and diminish in the wake of their family history and the complexity of growing up with parents who are too young to be parents in the first place. In The Siblings Play, Santiago gives voice to characters rarely seen on the stage with theatricality, poignancy, humor, and empathy.
"I like subverting familiar narratives; focusing on heroes adjacent to the ones we know. The Siblings Play is a coming-of-age tale most don't see," said playwright Santiago. "I grew up with kids who did the parenting in their families. We cooked the meals for our siblings. We innovated ways to generate income. We did so at the expense of our education. We rose earlier and fell to bed last so we were often tired in class. I know those kids. And for them, I want to be a resource. With this production of The Siblings Play, I want them to hear: you are visible and your value can never be wasted."
Ren Dara Santiago (Playwright) is an award-winning Fila-Rican playwright from Yonkers and Harlem. Ren’s work has received development with The Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Gingold Theatrical Group, IRT Theater, Labyrinth Theater, MCC Theater, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Rising Phoenix Rep, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She is a guest teaching artist at The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; a member of Rising Phoenix Rep; former Artistic Producer and founding member of Middle Voice at Rattlestick; and an eternal member of The Baldwin Project by Lucy Thurber. Ren is the proud recipient of the MCC Alumni Award and the inaugural recipient of Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award.
Jenna Worsham (Director). Stage Director, Activist. Broadway: The Parisian Woman, Picnic, The Heidi Chronicles (Associate Director). Off-Broadway/Regional: The Man in the Mountain by Boo Killebrew (upcoming at Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Climb by C.A. Johnson (Cherry Lane); Agnes by Catya McMullen (59E59/Lesser America, NY Times Critics’ Pick); Belleville by Amy Herzog (Pasadena Playhouse); Carlo at the Wedding by Bryna Turner (ACT); Wonder Boi by Jacob Jarrett (NYMF); Dear by Lily Houghton (MCC); Blue Ridge by Abby Rosebrock (Williamstown); Street Children by Pia Scala-Zankel (Vertigo Theater, NY Times Critics’ Pick); Gun Country (A.R.T/New York); The First Immigrant by Martyna Majok (Williamstown);Invincible Ones by Samantha Cooper (Signature Center); Here to Be Seen (Commissioned by the Brooklyn District Attorney); The Vagina Monologues (Taconic Prison & Cherry Lane, for the Women's Prison Association). Jenna has developed new work at The Public, Labyrinth, ACT, Playwrights Horizons, The Women’s Project, MTC, EST/Youngblood, MCC, Primary Stages, among others. She is a 2019 National Directing Fellow at The O’Neill Theater Center, as well as the recipient of a Jonathan Alper Award (MTC), two SDCF Observerships and The Drama League/ Williamstown Sagal Directing Fellowship. Jenna is the founding Artistic Director of Middle Voice at Rattlestick, and the Co-Founder of Creative Solutions at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a residency program for human rights advocates.
piece by piece productions (Co-Producer). Wendy vanden Heuvel is the Artistic Director of piece by piece productions. Theater: Medea directed by Deborah Warner with Fiona Shaw on Broadway (associate producer), The Tricky Part by Martin Moran (2004 Obie Award and two Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Play), All The Rage by Martin Moran, (Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show 2013) produced with Rising Phoenix Repertory and The Barrow Group; The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh; Mabou Mines Doll House, Emma Rice’s Brief Encounter and Let The Right One In, all in association with St. Ann’s Warehouse; My Name is Rachel Corrie in association with The Royal Court Theatre; Slipping in association with Rising Phoenix Repertory and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Elective Affinities with Zoe Caldwell, co-produced with Rising Phoenix Repertory and Soho Rep; and Hundred Days by The Bengsons and Kate E. Ryan, co-produced with Z Space (TBA Outstanding New Musical 2014). piece by piece productions has been a producer with co-founders Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman on The Lake Lucille Chekhov Project since 2010 (Ivanov, Seagull, Cherry Orchard). Film: The Rest I Make Up directed by Michelle Memran (a documentary about the life and work of the playwright Maria Irene Fornes), I Am A Seagull: The Lake Lucille Chekhov Project directed by Brian Mertes (Mass MoCa and Under the Radar 2019).
RISING PHOENIX REPERTORY (Associate Producer) Lucille Lortel Award and New York Innovative Theatre Award-winning Rising Phoenix Repertory was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Daniel Talbott, and produces new plays both in the Indie Theatre and Off-Broadway. Upcoming: Sunshine Evolution by Lucy Thurber (San Francisco in 2020). Recent productions include The Convent by Jessica Dickey (produced with Weathervane and Rattlestick), Thieves (with Weathervane), A Fable (with piece by piece productions and Rattlestick), All the Rage (with piece by piece and The Barrow Group), 3C (with piece by piece and Rattlestick), Elective Affinities (produced site-specifically with piece by piece and Soho Rep), Slipping (with piece by piece and Rattlestick), and Too Much Memory (with piece by piece at FringeNYC and NYTW). RPR produces an ongoing series called Cino Nights, inspired by the original Caffe Cino, for which the company has commissioned over twenty playwrights to write new, full-length plays, which are fully produced site-specifically on a shoestring budget.