The Kilbanes are the musical experiment of Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses - a theatrical songwriting duo who happen to be married. The Kilbanes have created a performance style that blends the raucous energy of a rock show with the mesmerizing storytelling found in raw, experimental theater.
The Kilbanes’ dramatic rock epic Weightless had its world premier at Z Space in San Francisco in 2018, was presented at The Public’s Under The Radar Festival in New York in January 2019 and then was remounted and presented by American Conservatory Theater at The Strand Theater in May 2019. The SF Chronicle gave Weightless it’s highest rating and named it one of the top 10 shows of 2018. The music from Weightless was nominated for a Bay Area Theater Critic’s award in 2019.
Their glam-rock drama Eddie the Marvelous Who Will Save the World began its life Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor program in 2014, continued development at Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016 and was further workshopped at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference in 2018.
Their first work is a theatrical song-cycle adaptation of the Medea called the medea cycle, which has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. SF music critic Alan Monasch called the medea cycle "A masterwork of theater," and SF music blogger Bill Chapin named the song "Chariot Rise" as one of his top 30 tracks of 2012.
The Kilbanes have written 9 songs for a musical adaptation of As You Like It which was commissioned by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and will premier summer 2019. They are also currently under commission by A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory to create a new musical for young actors.
The Kilbanes are currently in engaged in a number of collaborations, including with award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Gunderson, composing music for her plays Ada and the Engine and By and By as well as a new work for Marin Theater Company. They recently began a collaboration with New York-based playwright Lynn Rosen on a new musical, Gurley!, about Helen Gurley Brown.
In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States including: Ars Nova and Littlefield in New York City, Room 5 in Los Angeles, The Red Poppy Art House, Lost Church and Viracocha in San Francisco, The Dragon's Den in New Orleans, as well as venues in Portland, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Boulder, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Memphis, and Nashville.