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.