Welcome to the online home of Jim Knable, a playwright, singer/songwriter, novelist and screenwriter hailing from the green and fertile Sacramento valley, now living in Brooklyn, New York.
His plays have been seen all over the country; his songs have been heard all over the world. He is the founder of the Pseudo-Symbolist movement, an instigator of the Soul Kebab and the lead singer and songwriter for The Randy Bandits.BIG CONCERT: Jim Knable takes the stage on a double bill with Greta Gertler at City Winery NYC from 11am-2pm Sunday February 19th. STAGED READING: Friday January 13, 2017 at 7pm. A free play reading of Jim Knable's The Rising Class at Dreyfuss Theatre on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus, for the Soundings Reading Series of Writers Theatre of New Jersey. STAGED READING: Thursday, December 15, 2016. A free play reading of Jim Knable's The Reverend's Daughter, with wine and cheese, for Magic Time at Judson Memorial Church. Doors open at 7:15pm. Reading starts at 8pm. PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH SONG PERFORMANCES: Scott Jones of Mockingcast interviews Jim about songwriting, playwriting, and everything else, featuring 4 songs performed live in the studio. INTERVIEW: Adam Szymkowicz interviews Jim Knable about his current projects, childhood, and heroes. LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE PIECE: "To Be Leonard Cohen"-- How Leonard Cohen has inspired this singer-songwriter. Published in Tablet Magazine. MUSIC PERFORMANCE: OCTOBER 27th at Hebrew College in Boston with the Unorthodox Podcast, featuring the brand new episode song wrap-up "It's Almost Over." MUSIC VIDEO: Amanda Quaid directed this stop-motion animation music video for Baby's Daddy SONGWRITING: New songs regularly featured on Tablet Magazine's Unorthodox Podcast. Here's the most recent after an interview with Mo Rocca: "Baby's Daddy" and here's a live broadcast featuring "The Jewbadour" and an improvised song based on audience suggestions. PLAY READING: GRIP THE RAVEN to receive staged reading through Yale Cabaret Hollywood on May 29, 2016 at 2:30pm. NEW PLAY ADAPTATION: Jim Knable's "Destiny and the Little Man"--an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "The Man of Destiny"-- runs Jan 15-Feb 14, 2016 as the central piece of Nightcap Riot, an immersive evening of theatre, music, and kombucha mixology. THE VILLAGE VOICE review PODCAST REVIEW:A.V. Club reviews podcast episode of Unorthodox Podcast (the podcast wing of Tablet Magazine), featuring a song from Jim Knable, saying "the star of the week may be singer-songwriter Jim Knable..." INTERVIEW: A former stranger from the train interviews Jim about his artistic life on NEWSWHISTLE REVIEWS: GREEN MAN at STAGEStheatre gets some great reviews from the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER and THE ORANGE CURTAIN REVIEW, and here's a nice PREVIEW and INTERVIEW in the Orange County Register. PUBLISHING NEWS: "The Imaginary Plays: SPAIN/SALTIMBANQUES/GREEN MAN" has been published by Samuel French. ORCHARD PROJECT RESIDENCY: Jim Knable just completed a very productive residency with The Orchard Project to work on his new play STAR CROSSING. RADIO INTERVIEW: Jim Knable's interview on the Franklin Raff Radio Show in Chicago about Leonard Cohen, The Randy Bandits, and his various masks. YOUNG AUDIENCE: THE MAGIC FISH, a children's opera written with composer-brother Sunny Knable, commissioned and produced at Half-Moon Theatre and Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan. Produced at The Mondavi Center in Davis, CA December 2013. THE BEST MISTAKE published by Dramatic Publishing
Golden Arrow, by The Randy Bandits, out now.
”Bouncy and brave, Golden Arrow finds the Bandits in all their awesome glory. With songs written by vocalist/guitarist/saxophonist Jim Knable and arranged by the rest of the crew, this is a record that is boundlessly fun to listen to and impossible not to clap along with.“
—Jordan Richardson, Blogcritics Magazine