Toller Cranston, who died recently, was an Olympic Bronze medal figure skater, born in Hamilton. Sky Gilbert’s new play — featuring David Benjamin Tomlinson as TOLLER in a performance of his own devising– boldly confronts issues of sexuality, identity, and hypocrisy, painting the portrait of a fierce, frightened, heroic, and very wounded gay man.
November 2015, Artword Artbar, Hamilton July 2016, Toronto Fringe Festival (Won Patrons' Pick) July 2016, Hamilton Fringe Festival
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"It’s a beautiful play; the language, the acting, the set, everything." - Mooney On Theatre
The Terrible Parents
Perennial provocateur Sky Gilbert is back with a hilarious, gender-bending take on family life and the power of our parents to screw us up. Reuniting the show-stopping duo of Edward Roy and Gavin Crawford, The Terrible Parents pushes maniacal parenting to its most absurd extremes for touching but also troubling send-up of idyllic family life.
Behind the scenes of the Johnson’s family’s seemingly perfect life, the children endure unspeakable horrors. The mother, Amelia seems far too intimate with her son Cecil, while Cecil’s sister Odette is neglected. After falling on her head, Amelia transforms into a completely different and equally terrible person– a loose-living party girl in love with a drunken, abusive salesman. Somehow her children survive; but both are left with emotional scars.
April 2016, Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto
"The audience couldn't help but laugh, gasp and be moved to the verge of tears" - Drew Rowsome
In Hamilton, house prices are going up along with a new GO Station. Condos are everywhere, and thousands of Toronto hipsters and young people cannot wait to get down and party at Hamilton’s Art Crawl. In other words, Hamilton is on the verge of a boom, and there is no doubt that there is money to be made. But what does it mean when people want to make money out of your city?
November 2014, The Staircase Theatre, Hamilton July 2015, Hamilton Fringe Festival
"Never underestimate Sky Gilbert" - The Hamilton Spectator
My Dinner with Casey Donovan
Through some insane stroke of luck, gay porn star and godly creature Casey Donovan has accepted closeted Calvin’s invitation to have dinner together. Together with Calvin’s parents ,– that is, since 25 year old Calvin still lives at home. The only catch is Calvin’s parents don’t even know he’s gay.
March 2015, Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, Toronto
"...a glorious campy delight" - Mooney on Theatre
"...a fun and frivolous tale of lust and desire" - The Buzz