Saltimbanques

by  Jim Knable

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f

Before she died, James’ and Louise’s eccentric artist mother told them they were Picasso’s illegitimate twins. James now runs from his sadistic sculptress girlfriend and Louise follows him to their mother’s cabin in the woods, where the ghosts of their very different pasts haunt them in the form of memories of love gone wrong, parenting gone crazy, and in the flesh of Mommy’s former student—who is convinced he is the reincarnation of Picasso himself...

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Saltimbanques

by  Jim Knable

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Before she died, James’ and Louise’s eccentric artist mother told them they were Picasso’s illegitimate twins. James now runs from his sadistic sculptress girlfriend and Louise follows him to their mother’s cabin in the woods, where the ghosts of their very different pasts haunt them in the form of memories of love gone wrong, parenting gone crazy, and in the flesh of Mommy’s former student—who is convinced he is the reincarnation of Picasso himself. Like Picasso moved from his Blue Period to his rosy painting of the Family of Saltimbanques to his legendary Cubist self-creation, these survivors reinvent themselves using the materials of experience and the force of imagination.

Part of the collection, The Imaginary Plays by Jim Knable. 
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Reviews

"Knable has landed somewhere on the map close to
 Christopher Durang & John Patrick Shanley."
 - NY Theatre Wire.com


"Knable is an imaginative dramatist with a supple talent for the bizarre." - Variety

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Told in the past and the present, Saltimbanques takes place in various locations. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 3f
JAMES - (30’s) Brother. 
LOUISE - (30’s) Sister.
DEBORAH - (30’s) Ex-Girlfriend.
MOMMY - (40-60’s) Crazy artist.
PAUL - (30-40’s) Lost.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Jim Knable

Jim Knable’s plays have been produced by MCC Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Soho Rep, NYC’s Summer Play Festival, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, New Jersey Rep, Actor’s Express in Atlanta, and multiple regional and university stages. Most recently his play Green Man was produced at STAGEStheatre in Fullerton, CA. ...

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Saltimbanques premiered as a workshop production at Yale University, with developmental readings at Geva Theatre and Playwrights Horizons (Nascent Works).

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