November 4, 2011 Sibley conceived and emcee’d the inaugural evening of “DOBIE DICHOS“ – The Words of Folklorist J. Frank Dobie Come to Life at the 23rd Annual George West Storyfest.
Texas writers and performers from around the state attend this “every first Friday in November” Literary Event, to read from and expound upon the works of South Texas greatest literary figure, J. Frank Dobie. Past authors to attend have been; Robert Flynn, Don Graham, John Philip Santos, Elizabeth Crook, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jan Reid, Stephen L. Davis, Brandon Shuler, W.C. Jameson, Rick Casey, Joe Nick Patoski, Nan Cuba, Retha Oliver, Ito Romo, Fran Vick, Jenny Browne, Andres Tijerina, Carmen Tafolla, Bruce Shackelford, Mary Locke Crofts, Kip Stratton, Lonn Taylor and Ann Weisgarber.
On November 2, 2012 the Second Annual DOBIE DICHOS was held in Oakville, TX. William Sibley once again was the Master of Ceremonies and the event was even mentioned in THE NEW YORK TIMES.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
By MICHAEL HOINSKI
Published: November 1, 2012
Write of Way
J. Frank Dobie, the writer and rancher from South Texas, was a scholar and a gentleman. He preserved a lot of important folklore passed down through oral tradition by writing them in his literary-nonfiction novels, including the 1941 classic “The Longhorns.”
He also transcended the conservative, good-old-boy prejudices of his upbringing to become a social and political radical, earning a Medal of Freedom for, among other things, promoting racial integration at the University of Texas.
“He is the patron saint of Austin liberals,” said Steven L. Davis, the author of “J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind” and a curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. On Friday night, Mr. Davis will join a cadre of oral storytellers and writers who will rhapsodize about Mr. Dobie and read from his works as part of Dobie Dichos.
Visitors can discover — or simply reinforce — the legacy of this pioneer of Texas liter
ature, who is said to have influenced both Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove” and Cormac McCarthy’s “All the Pretty Horses,” when they sit around the campfire with a bowl of chili con carne and try to, as Mr. Davis said, “summon his spirit out of the smoke.”
Oakville Jailhouse, Nov. 2, 6 p.m., georgeweststoryfest.org
My South Texas Article: Spine-tingling setting for ghost stories
Sibley’s writing has appeared in Utne Reader, Hallmark Magazine, Brilliant Magazine, OUT IN S.A., The San Antonio Current, The Orlando Weekly, The Dallas Times Herald, Heritage Magazine (summer 1996), Texas Co-op Power Magazine, The Dead Mule (“A Journal of Southern Literature”), Flying Colors Magazine, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Ford Times, The Texas State Reading Association (“Cookin’ and Bookin’”) and The New York Native.
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Sibley was commissioned to write a continuing Column for THE SAN ANTONIO CURRENT called “The Great Eccentrics of San Antonio” (2nd Wednesday of every month).
“One of the best!” SOUTHERN VOICE MAGAZINE, ATLANTA 11/23/01
Insightout Book of the Month Club Bestseller 2001
LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS, Finalist 2001
TEXAS INSTITUTE OF LETTERS Runner-up, John Bloom Award, 2001
FOREWORD MAGAZINE, Book of the Year Finalist, 2001
(“ANY KIND OF LUCK” was recently added to the “Top 100 Gay Novels in American Literature” – http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/tag/top+100+gay+novels+list & http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/top-100-gay-novel )
A new novel by William Jack Sibley
“Can two Chelsea boys survive life in rural Texas? That’s the question that William Jack Sibley answers in ANY KIND OF LUCK, his hilarious and high-spirited debut novel. Thanks to a family crisis, 37-year-old Manhattan actor/hand model Clu Latimore (along with his lover, Chris) finds himself back in his hometown of Grit, Texas, for the first time in years. Here in the land of barbeque, Baptists and bluebonnet flowers, they discover a cast of eccentrics that would send Tennessee Williams scrambling for his pen: from Miss Oveta, the bejeweled town dowager and her oh-so-fey “adopted son” Mr. Jeffrey, to Brother Ramirez, a Mexican-American faith healer, to a blue-haired, tattooed, out and proud gay teen,named Brandon. Before Clu’s trip is over, there will be lover’s betrayed, secrets revealed, new romances and heartwrenching goodbyes — not to mention a wedding, birth, funeral and no-holds-barred production of Agamemnon: The Musical. (Kensington – 288 pages, hardcover and paperback)
HALLMARK MAGAZINE, Stonyridge Ranch – May, 2008
Springtime in Hill Country The annual blooming of Texas bluebonnets is all the excuse these friends need to celebrate the season with a simple, delicious meal. By William Jack Sibley. It’s late afternoon, usually a sleepy time at Stony Ridge Ranch. But today the bed-and-breakfast, located 60 miles northwest of San Antonio, is vibrating with activity as owners Rollie and Steve Devlin prepare for their spring party, finishing off the last few details before friends arrive. They slide herbed breads from the outdoor fireplace onto an old farm table; they dish fresh whipped cream into an antique crockery bowl. Nature has provided the decorations—not to mention the excuse to celebrate. It’s wildflower season in the Hill Country! The view from the terrace is bursting with color: There are fuchsia winecups by the roadside, Indian paintbrush swaying at fences and, everywhere you look, acres of bluebonnets.Throughout the year, Stony Ridge is a haven for travelers who’ve come to explore the Texas Hill Country—the rolling limestone hills that stretch west from Austin and into the northern suburbs of San Antonio. Visitors are drawn to the area’s state parks striped with lazy rivers (perfect for tubing), sprawling farms selling locally grown goods, and old town squares anchored by stately courthouses.
And Rollie, once a caterer, prides herself on providing a home base where couples can unplug and reconnect. But one day each April, she lavishes attention on her neighbors instead. A veterinarian, musicians, a nearby olive-orchard owner—the wonderful mix of guests reflects the region’s distinctive character. Some are longtime residents, descendants of German or Mexican settlers; others, like Rollie, who moved here from Dallas a decade ago, are former city dwellers seeking a quieter life. Today all are welcomed with a glass of champagne topped with a pretty sprig of lemon verbena.
Farm Fresh In true neighborly spirit, Rollie Devlin serves a medley of dishes made from local ingredients.
YOUR GUIDE In the Texas Hill Country, you can find everything from fresh produce to award-winning goat cheese. Bottles of extra-virgin olive oil from nearby Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard (sandyoaks.com) were infused with rosemary and given to guests as party favors, along with herbed vinegars. To make your own, click here.
Y’ALL come on down, NOW Devoted friends share a lovely afternoon and a toast…until next year!
YOUR GUIDE You can plan your own idyllic respite at Stony Ridge Ranch B&B (stonyridgeranch.com) or some other quiet corner of the Hill Country. Basic information Go to hill-country-visitor.com for a list of cities to visit, B&Bs, restaurants and a calendar of events and local market days. Vineyards There are more than 20 wineries in the Hill Country that join together in April to host a Wine and Wildflower Trail (texaswinetrail.com). Lavender farms During the summer blooming season, visitors can cut their own fragrant bundles (blancolavenderfest.com). State parks Lost Maples State Natural Area is known for its fall foliage display, but you can explore hiking trails, waterfalls and scenic overlooks at area state parks all year (tpwd.state.tx.us). Entertainment Dancing shoes are helpful but not required at Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas and a great venue for live music (gruenehall.com).
Go Native Wildflowers provide plenty of reason to celebrate.
YOUR GUIDE Many of the gorgeous wildflowers you’ll see in Texas (and everywhere else) are in danger of becoming extinct, which is why Lady Bird Johnson founded her Wildflower Center in Austin in 1982. Wherever you live, you can help preserve native wildflowers by landscaping your own yard with plants that grow naturally in your area. Plants that are accustomed to the local climate require less watering and fewer fertilizers and herbicides to stay healthy. To get started, visit the Wildflower Center’s Web site (wildflower.org) for a list of the flowers and plants that are indigenous to your region, along with tips for cultivating. The Hill Country’s own Wildseed Farms (wildseedfarms.com) sells regional seed mixes for wildflowers and native grasses.
SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS is the story of a man in prison who falls in love, through lengthy correspondence, with a woman he’s never met. Getting out, he goes to find her and discovers that the love letters he’s received were written not by a woman but by a closeted gay man — a small town minister. Not only did the minister deceive the prisoner, but he sent a photograph of his sister (who lives with him) as a picture representing himself. And not only is the sister unaware of the ruse, but she herself happens to be a lesbian. The ex-prisoner has fallen in love physically with a woman who doesn’t know he exists, and mentally with a man he doesn’t know how to love. Set in the scenic Texas Gulf Coast fishing village of Rockport, SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS is a darkly humorous and contemplative examination of the parameters of love, sex, sexuality and cultural perspective.
WINNER 2013 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD!
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FINALIST 2013 FOREWORD REVIEWS “BOOK OF THE YEAR”
ON JUNE 23, 2011 SIBLEY’S NEW COMEDY PLAY “MEAN” HAD A STAGED-READING AT THE NEW DRAMATISTS IN NYC. ACADEMY AWARD/TONY/GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER ELLEN BURSTYN, “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” RACHEL DRATCH, AND “THE SCHOOL OF ROCK”, CHRIS STACK ALL READ ROLES.
Sibley has nine screenplays in various stages of Hollywood production, including the award winning “Where all the Rattlesnakes Are Born” (Silver Medal, Best Screenplay, WORLDFEST, Houston, 1992) and “White On Rice”(retitled “RELATIVE TRUTH,” formerly “Approximate Lives”, Finalist, Best Screenplay, Charleston-Spoleto Festival, 1994). “December Story,” “Amor,” and “Dead Giveaway” are all presently under option.
To view a five minute YouTube “teaser” video of Sibley’s screenplay AMOR, click below:
DECEMBER STORY was one of 12 Finalist for the 2008 KAIROS PRIZE for “Spiritually uplifting screenplays”
His screenplays have also been optioned by such esteemed directors as John Schlesinger (MIDNIGHT COWBOY), Arthur Hiller (LOVE STORY) and Pete Masterson (THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL). He’s co-written three screenplays with actress Diane Ladd (“Hot Water Biscuits,” “High Maintenance,” and “The Last of the Bad Girls”) and another (“The Big Hurt”) for actor Tab Hunter.
(In the 6/9/04 Texas Writer’s League Newsletter, workshop participants rated Sibley’s class as, “Bill Sibley is a fabulous seminar leader and teacher. He’s also extremely entertaining.” “Sibley is so personable and helpful.” “Bill was really prepared – felt he took the time and his responsibility seriously.” On a scale of 1 to 10 many rated Bill a 20!)
A recent interview of Bill can be found in the VOICE OF ART MAGAZINE (VOL 15, Issue 2, 2008 – page 18)
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THE SAN ANTONIO CURRENT
It’s new, but tried and true
By Laurie Dietrich 09/30/2004
Three-quarters of the graceful and surefooted cast that bring the premiere of William Jack Sibley’s If You Loved Me to life at the Cameo Theatre.
You might not know ‘If You Loved Me’ but the characters will make you feel right at home
Not too long ago, I overheard some theater patrons complaining about a company’s upcoming season. Their complaint was that they weren’t familiar with most of the shows. The fact that this could be a cause for concern, rather than excited anticipation, makes me very sad, largely because I fear it’s representative of a large portion of the local theater audience. If you’ve been infected with this particular antipathy, I’d like to offer the world premiere of local author and playwright William Jack Sibley’s If You Loved Me, running through October 14 at the Theatre at CameoCenter, as a gentle antidote. The production, directed by Jerry Pilato for Actors Theatre of San Antonio, isn’t avant-garde. It won’t scandalize you with slang or ask you to accept an alternative format. It’s a simple, straight-forward production of a good old-fashioned story. And it’s excellent. The script, which was workshopped at the Tennessee Williams Playwright Festival in Key West, Florida, The New Dramatists in New York City, and The Attic Theater in Los Angeles, is smooth and mature. Sibley, an award-winning playwright and novelist, is hardly a neophyte, and his experience and confidence are on display in this unapologetically plot-driven work about love, loss, and family history with a regional twang.
If You Loved Me
8pm Fri, 7:30pm Sat, 2:30pm Sun
Through Oct 14
$15 adult, $11 senior, military, $8 student
1123 E. Commerce
Pilato’s cast (Rainya Shingledecker, Tim Waggoner, Belinda Harolds, and Marcus Daratt) is fortunate in that the playwright has given them very real, compelling characters to play. But the grace and sureness with which they inhabit those characters are their gifts to the production. The cast is so uniformly strong that to say Harolds’ performance stands out in particular (and it does) is a serious compliment indeed. As Pauline Spears (both young and old), the spinster aunt, she expertly negotiates the tightrope between Southern stereotype and sincerity. Kudos to both the playwright and Harolds for making this character just familiar enough to engage us, without slipping into caricature. For a premiere production, If You Loved Me is remarkably polished. The second act could use a little tightening, and Daratt’s character could use a little fleshing out, but with such minor flaws Pilato’s stated goal of touring the show across Texas and possibly even pursuing an off-Broadway production seems well within reach. In a time when many theater seasons are dominated by museum pieces, when theater-going is often played as an elitist game of dramaturgy, of comparing the nuances of the latest interpretation to those of productions past, it’s nice to be reminded why people used to go to the theater, back when it was a more mainstream entertainment: They went to meet new characters, and to hear their stories. They went to be sucked into a tale as it unfolded, to care about the people onstage and to wait with bated breath for what came next. You don’t know this story. You don’t know these characters. But you’ll enjoy getting to know both. • By Laurie Dietrich
©San Antonio Current 2004
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Spotlight on ‘If You Loved Me’ Web Posted: 09/30/2004 12:00 AM CDT
San Antonio Express-News
“If You Loved Me,” getting its world premiere at the Cameo Theater, is a memory play set in a South Texas that’s long gone. The action moves back and forth between the ’70s and the ’50s, looking at how the actions of a restless young woman continued to rattle cages after her death. Rainya Shingledecker (center) plays both Dee Dee Treadwell, a good ol’ gal who thinks she knows precisely what she wants, and her mother Connie, who grew up wanting more from life than raising a child in a tiny Texas cow town would give her. She left her husband (Tim Waggoner, right) when Dee Dee was a kid and never had much to do with either of them again. After Connie dies in a car accident in Europe, her fourth husband (Marcus Daratt, left) shows up at the cattle sale barn Dee Dee runs bearing some unwelcome news that will force her to take an honest look at her life. The Actors Theater of San Antonio production, which has some strong performances, can be seen at 8 p.m. Fridays; 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Thursdays and Oct. 13; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 14 at the Cameo, 1123 E. Commerce St. Tickets cost $15 general admission. Call (210) 738-2872.