Tuesday, Dec. 8

* Film from Stromae’s Montreal shows at the Corona
* NYC artist Taryn Simon speaks at the MAC
* Beatles tribute fundraiser for Dans la Rue
* Launch party for Concordia mag Soliloquies at la Vitrola
* Parquet Courts play la Sala Rossa

A pregnant brother gets his revenge

We spoke to siblings Johanna Nutter and James Diamond ahead of their Fringe Festival show My Playwright Sister, a response to Nutter’s controversial 2009 Fringe hit My Pregnant Brother.

Her pregnant brother: Johanna Nutter talks about her family and Zoofest play

In the creation of her play My Pregnant Brother, Johanna Nutter cried out that she was “cannibalizing” her family for an audience, but three years later she seems more at peace with the delicate territory of the memoirist.

“I really did struggle with those fears, those fears of exploitation,” Nutter admits in a quiet café in downtown Montreal. “I had to ask myself over and over again “Why are you telling this story? [But] it wouldn’t let me go. It wouldn’t let me sleep.”

In 2006, Nutter was trying to separate herself from the caretaking role in her family, when she received a phone call from her brother. In the midst of his female-to-male transition he found himself pregnant and called upon his older sister, as he had so many times before. The call left Nutter lying prone on her kitchen floor for 26 hours.