A Novel and a Play, 12 Years in the Making

WeidaThe workshop reading presentations of Nate Weida’s I’s Twinkle kick off this Sunday, so we took a moment to catch up with Nate and learn a little more about his epic opera and other upcoming Nate Weida projects.

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?

Nate Weida: I’s Twinkle was written both as novel and a performance piece. What you will see in this development is my collaboration with Isaac Klein, and others, to translate the novel into a palatable performance. 

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play? Why?

NW: I’ve been thinking about I’s Twinkle and working on it for the last twelve years. I was inspired by a lot of different classic literary works I love, Dante’s Divine Comedy most particularly, and wanted to explore my own artistic journey through an homage to those forms.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?

NW: Writing is exciting, but nothing compares to the thrill of seeing and hearing these amazing artists bring it to life!

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.

NW: A writer creates a character who creates a writer who creates a character.

PTC: Are you working on anything else?

NW: I’m working on moving and planning a wedding to my beautiful bride Alicen Hubert! Whoo! And crafting new hit tunes with my band Great Dog Almighty.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:

NW: I’s Twinkle is mostly autobiographical. I answered all these questions by myself. I once covered my naked friend in olive oil, in a platonic way.

PTC: What’s next for you?

NW: The children’s musical Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk, which I’m writing with Emil McGloin and another season with the foster care program at The Possibility Project.

Nate’s I’s Twinkle will be presented on April 13, 19, and 27 at the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church. Seating is limited, so click here to make your reservation today. This reading is presented as part of the Pipeline PlayLab. 

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The Clowns Are Back

This May, Clown Bar returns (watch video) to the Parkside Lounge with more artillery, more music, and more shots of extra funny.

Join us at our Gala on March 27 for the world premier of brand new, never before heard music from the show.

In honor of this big announcement, we’re taking $5 off silver ticket entry. For the next 24 hours, enter the code clownbar and get tickets as low as $15. Offer expires at 1PM EDT on March 21. Get your tickets now.

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Introducing Our 2014 Silent Auction

Come to our Annual Gala on March 27 and have the chance to go home with any of the following STUPENDOUS, FANTABULOUS, REMARKABLE, absolutely MAGNIFICENT items.

Tix & Info

Class at Brooklyn Brainery

Looking to brush up on literally anything under the sun? Brooklyn Brainery is your one stop shop for classes in anything and everything. A smattering of their current offerings includes Our Zombies, Our Selves; Shibori Tie-Dye; The Art of Great Sex; Obamacare and Me in NYC; Presentation Skills; Intro to Jewelry Making; and much much much more.

Value: $40

 GMAT, GRE or LSAT Prep Course

Going back to school? Get the preparation you need from Manhattan Prep! Their comprehensive approach and incredible teachers will help you get the score you want. Choose from GMAT, GRE, or LSAT prep course!

Value: Up to $1590

 The Getaway of your Choosing

A 7 night stay in an RCI Time Share– this can be used for a gorgeous 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom suite in Puerto Villarta that features it’s very own kitchen and sleeps up to 6 people. Or, trade it in for a suite anywhere else in the world with over 14,000 locations to choose from! RCI is the world’s largest and most experienced vacation exchange company, and can help you find the best trip for you!

Value: $1,250

 $200 Bar Tab

Two $100 bar tabs at one of Gramercy’s best dive bars: No Idea. Steps from Union Square, this bar features friendly bartenders, a jukebox, exposed brick, and everything you need to play beer pong!  Trust us, $200 here is going to get you and your friends quite a long way…

Value: $200

A Night’s Stay at Gild Hall

Stay in one of the Thompson Hotel’s coziest spots: Gild Hall!  Enjoy one night’s luxurious stay in a King Premium room featuring LCD TV, iPod dock, soaring 12 foot ceilings with an antique brass chandelier and marble bathrooms (the terry cloth robe is awaiting your arrival!)

Value: $299

 WunderWurks Vase

WunderWurks creates hand-crafted design from alternative materials. Tony Wurman is the founder and artist behind the Wunderwurks Design studio in New York City. Wurman is a classically trained industrial designer and glass blower. The tall Jupiter vase is art and alchemy combined to yield objects with the luminescence and reflective qualities of glass, but with the resilience and flexibility of rubber.

Value: $156

 Signed Copy of The Room DVD

This copy of cult classic The Room is signed by  Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero.  Steve Rose, of The Guardian UK states “To make a movie that’s so bad it’s good you need vision, drive, luck and obsessive vanity. Fortuitously, The Room‘s writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau appears to possess all of these qualities, combined with a total lack of acting talent.” And, yes, this means you and your friends can play The Room drinking game at home literally whenever you want.

Value: Probably $1 million dollars

 Roomsies Fan Pack

So you love Pipeline members Jenny & Meagan, and their webseries Roomsies?  Have we got the package for you!  This pack includes: an autographed “Titanic” portrait of Andrew Farmer, a tiny Heart of the Ocean necklace, a Ticket to the Season Premiere Party, and a one-of-a-kind VIP Roomsies experience that you’ll have to see to believe!

Value: $75

And so very much more. Get your tickets today!

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Join us for our 3rd annual Gala

Join us March 27 at the Park (118 10th Ave, NYC) for our third annual gala. Purchase your tickets here

Silver Supporter

Join us at 8:30pm for live music, dessert, and a silent action.

$20 advance/$25 door 
Entry & drink ticket for one

$30 advance/$35 door
Entry & open bar for one

Gold Sponsor

Join us at 7pm for a special toast to our fifth season & an intimate preview of three upcoming projects:

$150 advance only
Entry & open bar for one

$500 advance only
Entry & open bar for four


Photo by Ahron R. Foster from Clown Bar (2013)

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Seeking Assistant Director and Stage Manager

We are currently seeking an assistant director and stage manager to aide in the development of Nate Weida’s epic three-part musical, I’s Twinkle, directed by Isaac Klein. I’s Twinkle will be developed through a workshop process throughout March and April, culminating in a series of readings in April.

Workshop rehearsals will begin on or around March 17 and will take place six days a week. Public reading presentations will take place April 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Both our assistant director and stage manager will be required to be present at:

  • 2-3 extensive, in-person discussions prior to the commencement of rehearsals
  • All rehearsals, invited presentations, and talk backs
  • All public presentations

Click here to download full Assistant Director job description

Click here to download full Stage Manager job description

To apply for either position, email resume and short letter of interest to ari@pipelinetheatre.org .

More About this Project

I’s Twinkle is an epic poem modeled after Dante’s Divine Comedy in its three parts, telling the story of a young man growing up in Reconstruction Era America—an artist figure who travels from the South northward. The style of the work gradually progresses from an epic poem to a play to a folk opera. It incorporates elements of New York and American history, mythology, philosophy, and theology. Whereas Dante’s Divine Comedy leads its protagonist on a spiritual journey, I’s Twinkle is an artistic one, chronicling the punishments and rewards of a life set towards the arts. Listen to the music here.

This workshop is part of the Pipeline PlayLab. Through a year-long series of monthly meetings, the Pipeline PlayLab serves as a workshop for playwrights to build new plays with constructive feedback from other playwrights, directors, and the artistic staff of Pipeline, culminating in staged readings of the developed plays.

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The Biggest, Bravest, Bestest Play

DayThe workshop reading presentation of Colby Day’s The Great Molly is less than two weeks away, so we took a moment to catch up with Colby and learn a little bit more about this big magical play and other big magical Colby Day creations.

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?

Colby Day: I think it’s the biggest, bravest, bestest play I’ve written so far. It’s about magic and deception and regret and loneliness and all those things. Come see it.

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play? Why?

CD: I wrote the first scene back in 2012 initially as a stand-alone piece for Pipeline’s Brave New Worksand then realized I wanted to know what would happen with this aspiring magician. At that point, the entire trajectory kind of popped into my head, which never really happens, so I knew I had to write it. I think I was interested in trying to write something on a large scale, with an epic scope. The show takes place over about ten years, and the thought of writing a serious, very American drama was really exciting. Plus, you know, magic.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?

CD: This is my first “straight play,” and I use that term lightly because it’s really half a play, half a magic show. But it’s the first full-length theater piece I’ve written that isn’t a comedy, and that’s been both exciting and terrifying. It’s incredibly sincere, like everything I try to write, but sincerity is a lot scarier when there aren’t jokes. It’s exciting to work on something that really speaks from the heart, and gets to do that with people disappearing and all sorts of other crazy magic.

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.

CD: The evil ghost of a magician is exorcised onstage.

PTC: Are you working on anything else? What?

CD: Right now, I’m writing a western about a bandit named Lilly, which has been a fun way to take a break from this show. It’s been interesting because even though it’s a comedy with songs, I think it ends up dealing with a lot of the same thematic elements.

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:

CD: I first came to New York for a lady, I had a small part in a local magic show from the ages of 7-9, I once had to be rescued by a float plane.

PTC: What’s next for you?

CD: I’m going to be a part of The In-Between People‘s In-Between the Lines workshop, where I’ll be presenting some version of Everything Flashes, a guided tour of a woman’s memories that I’ve been working on. It’s a really strange experience and I’d love to hear what people think. That will be Friday March 21st. You can hear about that and everything else I’m up to if you like my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter.

Colby’s The Great Molly will be presented on Sunday, February 9, at 1PM at the Tank. Seating is limited, so make your reservation today by emailing rsvp@pipelinetheatre.org. This reading is presented as part of the Pipeline PlayLab.

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You Shop. Amazon Donates.

Pipeline is now an Amazon Smile supported nonprofit! What does that mean? It means you can now support Pipeline at no extra cost to you when you shop Amazon. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click here to designate Pipeline as the charity you would like to support. This preference will be saved for future purchases.
  2. From now on visit smile.amazon.com for all your Amazon shopping needs (it’s exactly the same, we swear!)
  3. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase every time you shop at no extra cost to you!

It’s that simple. You shop —> Amazon Donates —> Pipeline does magic things.

Interested in supporting Pipeline directly? Swell! Click here to learn how to give a gift to Pipeline.

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Meet Molly, she’s great!

Please join us on Sunday, February 9, for a very special reading presentation of Colby Day’s The Great Molly, directed by Tom Costello. This reading is presented as part of the inaugural season of the Pipeline PlayLab.

The Great Molly

by Colby Day*
directed by Tom Costello*

Sunday, February 9 | 1:00PM
The Tank | 151 W. 46th St, NYC
rsvp@pipelinetheatre.org | $10 suggested donation

Willy Appelman*, Jessica Frey, Daniel Johnsen*, Ben Katz, Katelyn Manfre*, Moti Margolin, Sydney Matthews*, Sean McIntyre, Alex Malcolm Mills

*Pipeline Theatre Company ensemble member


Half magic show, half play, The Great Molly follows a young Molly Mackenzie on her quest to become the world’s greatest magician. When her idol, The Great Algiers, takes his own life, she steals his miraculous top hat and famous name, leaving behind everything she knows and loves to follow her dream. As she struggles to the top, Molly battles her haunted past for success, happiness, and her very safety. After years on the road, Molly must return home for one final performance, to confront her demons and exorcise the ghosts that threaten her life.

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NYSCA Just Gave Us a Lovely Christmas Gift

nysca_logoWe are very pleased to announce that earlier this week we were awarded a $3,000 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Not only will this funding go a long way in supporting this season’s programming, it also marks a very important milestone for Pipeline. This is our first public funding and, now with New York State’s stamp of approval, we are sure this is just the beginning.

NYSCA works with partners in state government to broaden the impact and advancement of arts, culture, and heritage activities throughout the Empire State. According to NYSCA, Pipeline’s work is vitally important to the community development, economic, tourism, and education benefits that are a result of investment of public funds in arts, culture, and heritage programming.

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Introducing the PlayLab Class of 2014

This summer Pipeline put out a call for submissions for our first ever plawright’s group, the Pipeline PlayLab. After sifting through nearly 60 submissions we selected seven imaginative and adventurous writers to develop plays with us over the course of this year. We are thrilled to introduce you to the PlayLab class of 2014:

A.P. Andrews
Colby Day
Andrew Farmer
Jessica Fleitman
Scott McCarrey
Alex Malcolm Mills
Nate Weida

Our first reading presentation, Tom’s Nightmare by Andrew Farmer, took place in July 2013. Save the date for our next presentation, The Great Molly by Colby Day, which will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Stay tuned for more details.

Playwright Biographies:

AndrewsA.P. Andrews is a New York City based playwright who was born and raised in the small town of Superior, Nebraska. His Nebraska Cycle is a series of ten plays about life in the rural Midwest, and includes Abby in the Summer, Burning Barn, The Girl with the Red Balloon, Tailgates, Three More Sundays, Meth and Kisses, Cecil and Marie, Homesteads, Christian Barone Comes Home, and Winter Visits. Other works include Constantin, Higher, Tommy and His Stars and Stripes, Jolly the Christmas Walrus, This Might Hurt a Little, Optimism Or, and a collection of six one-act plays entitled Awake and Dreaming. His plays have been performed and developed in Nebraska at the Superior Community Theater, the Red Cloud Opera House, the Shelterbelt Theatre and the Hastings Community Theater; in New York City at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, the Gene Frankel Theater, All Angels Church, and The Tank; in Idaho at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; and in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. A.P. is a graduate of NYU’s/Playwrights Horizons Theater School- where he is now a teaching assistant- and in London with the Writers Guild of Great Britain. He is the Executive Director of Boxed Wine Productions. For more, visit www.apandrewsplays.com.

DayColby Day is a playwright and filmmaker with a degree in television from NYU. Previous Pipeline productions: Giant Killer Slugs (Official Selection, Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival, 2012), and Felix & The Diligence; Or, a Play About Fishermen in the 1940’s (NYIT Award Nominee, 2011). Other productions include the one-acts: A Boy & His Unicorn (Fourteen Out of Ten), Sir Ronald deMimsy Esq., Desert Explorer (The Three Leaches), and Wild Boars (The Secret Theatre). Excerpts from The Great Molly were performed as part of Pipeline’s Brave New Works 6 & 7. He works as Artistic Development Manager for Pipeline Theatre Company, which most recently presented a selection of his current project, Everything Flashes, a guided tour of your life. Find him on twitter (@colbyday) and his website (www.colbyday.com).


FarmerAndrew Farmer is a playwright, actor, improviser and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of Drama. Recent writing credits include The Gray Man (HERE Arts and The New Ohio), The Fall of Hotel Mudafier to the Toltecs (Williamstown Theater Festival, Howl Theater Festival), The Queen of the May and Her Harvest Kings (with Evan Watkins, Galapagos Artspace and The Cookery) Tom’s Nightmare (Playwrights Horizons Theater School and further development with Cape Rep and Pipeline Theatre Company) and Our Farm (The Cherry Pit, The 45th St Theater and Underground Arts). He is currently a member of the playwriting faculty at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU’s Tisch School of Drama.



FleitmanJessica Fleitman is an award-winning writer from San Jose, California currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been produced at FringeNYC, The Museum of Jewish Heritage, Manhattan Theatre Source, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, The Secret Theatre, and many other venues and festivals throughout NYC. Her plays include The Average-Sized Mermaid (Corwin Award), Word of the Day (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Magic Theatre commission), G Train Exodus (winner of the LIC One Act Play Festival), and Deuteranomaly. She is the lyricist and librettist of God of Love, a ten-minute musical written with composer Ben Boecker and based on the Oscar-winning short film of the same name. She is a proud member of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop (where she’s currently developing a new musical with composer Rick Bassett), the Dramatists Guild of America, and WorkShop Theater Company. Additionally, Jessica is a published fiction writer and was a finalist for the 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize. You can stay up to date on all of her writing adventures by visiting jessicafleitman.blogspot.com.

McCarreyScott McCarrey is a writer whose plays, screenplays, sketch comedy, and radio plays have been seen (or heard) at reputable venues around the country. His pulp western Bleedin’ Trees received the 2011 Goldberg Award, was a semifinalist for that year’s Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and appeared in Pipeline’s 2012 whisper & SHOUT! Festival. Other plays include Robot Songs (Theaterlab, NYC), The Hopeful Monster (The Cherry Pit, NYC), The Wilds (Barrow Street Theatre, NYC), and Grand Canyon (The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.). His playwriting and theatre criticism have earned him fellowships to the Kennedy Center, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the National Critics Institute. His tenure in film and television includes time spent at Nickelodeon and NBC, and he is the founder and proprietor of a historical comedy podcast called “The Historical Reenactment Society.” Scott holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their pug.

MillsAlex Malcolm Mills writes plays & screenplays that are funny & scary. A graduate of NYU drama, he wrote his first (at-all interesting) play in his final week of classes. The play was called Horror Film, but it estranged its name to Shakespeare the Dead after workshops and debut production with Pipeline Theatre Company in 2010; in it, Alex acted as the leather-gloved antagonist. He proudly re-wrote the ending 13+ times, testing the balance between what’s satisfying and what’s puzzling, weird, and haunting. The rest of his mostly-unproduced work strives towards such a balance. Some works include: October Solstice, about a sorority sister suspecting she’s being prepared for an occult ritual; Cat in the Attic, a noise-pop musical where an estranged granddaughter’s asked to deliver a cat to her family for increasingly bizarre reasons; Shadow & Eye, about an ambiguously vampiric bounty-hunter, suspecting that her identity, companions, and memories may be confused with those of her ingested victims. Alex has an uncanny alliance with cats.

WeidaNate Weida is a composer and writer living in Hell’s Kitchen. He has written 8 musicals - Jack and the Beanstalk, Commander Squish, Etan, Fall of Achilles, The New Hopeville Comics, Jack & the Jellybean Stalk, I’s Twinkle, and Byuioo (which was produced by Pipeline in Fall 2013). He is currently the Music Director for the Foster Care Program at The Possibility Project and wrote the music for their recent production Promised. He plays in a bluegrass band called “Great Dog Almighty” and is writing an epic poem/play/folk opera called I’s Twinkle. He plays piano, flute, banjo, didgeridoo, and sings. Occasionally, he also raps with the hip-hop group “Dragons” under the pseudonym “Shitdogg”. Please visit nateweida.com & istwinkle.com

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