The Texas Institute of Letters is a non-profit Honor Society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and to recognize distinctive literary achievement. The TIL’s elected membership consists of the state’s most respected writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, and scholarship. Induction into the TIL is based on literary accomplishments.
Bill Sibley has been a member since April 2015
If You Loved Me| September 2004
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.
Mean| June 2011
In June 2011, Sibley's new comedy play "Mean" had a staged reading at the the New Dramatists Theater in New York City. Academy Award/Tony/Golden Globe winner, Ellen Burstyn, Saturday Night Live's, Rachel Dratch, and "School of Rock's, Chris Stack, all came together to for a hilarious night of comedy.
Amor | Screenplay | March 2014
Sibley asks, "Can true love exist in a marriage of convenience between the town drunk and the town hooker in order to uphold a conservative community sense of propriety? Amor is the funny and romantic true life tale of two Mexican American misfits who find each other just when they resign themselves to the fact that love has passed them by. Set in small town Texas in the repressed 1950s, Andreas Castillo is a rugged local cowboy , A man’s man with the soul of a poet and an obvious drinking problem. Dominga Vargas is a sultry beautiful woman whose lived hard and played even harder. Returning home to care for her elderly mother, she finds work waitressing and picking up a few extra dollars utilizing the worlds oldest profession." To see more visit the YouTube teaser here.
Dobie Dichos | November 2011 - Current
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. See more here.
“Mr. and Mrs. Coffee” (prod. Humboldt Univ., Arcata, CA, and excerpted in “Competition Monologues”, University Press of America, Edited by Roger Ellis, ISBN: 0819168505),
“If You Loved Me” (staged readings at The Tennessee Williams Playwright Festival, Key West, FL, New Dramatist, NY, and The Attic Theater, Los Angeles, CA.),
“Lock The Doors!” (prod. 29th St. Rep. Co., NYC, 1990, New Voices In The American Theater Festival),
“It Happened In Santa Fe” (Prod. Railyard Performance Center, Santa Fe, NM, 1994).
“Kitten and Princess” and “Two Men, Two Women and a Bird,” one-acts, have all had NYC productions.
On September 24, 2004 the world premiere of, “IF YOU LOVED ME,” was held in San Antonio, Texas at The Cameo Theater, 1123 East Commerce Street. The play was produced by The Actor’s Theatre of San Antonio, directed by Jerry Pilato, and awarded a “Globe” by the Alamo Theatre Arts Council in September 2005 for “Best Original Script” of the 2004-2005 season.
In the spring of 2008 “IF YOU LOVED ME” was selected by the Texas Nonprofit Theatre Association as a winner of the “New Play Development Playwriting Project”. In November of 2008 “IF YOU LOVED ME” opened at the Old Quarry Theatre in Brackettville, TX. A production of “IF YOU LOVED ME” was also presented at the Henderson County Performing Arts Center (Athens, TX) May 1, 2009.