CW: I’m a mint chocolate chip fan girl. I really go for or anything mint. During Christmas they have this peppermint flavored ice cream and I usually get so excited that I don’t really know what to do with myself.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
CW: In high school I had a good looking French exchange student named Jean Karim and during spring break I lived with him and his family in Lyon. It was so pretty there I felt like I was in some Swedish fairytale about a good looking blonde milkmaid chick who danced on mountains and fed goats fo fun. So yeah, I mostly felt cool cause I hung out with a good looking French dude all the time and got to wander the French countryside which is way too attractive.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
CW: Ugh I suck at quoting movies, but I did recently go with a lot of other MFA playwrights at OhioU to see “Elf” at the local hipster movie theater, and Will Ferrell has that line “Smiling is my favorite!”, which is pretty amazing, so yeah I remembered that!
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
CW: Eleanor Roosevelt because she was high class!
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
CW: In high school I was super into this guy James who had a blonde curly fro which was so attractive it made me want to die. So I decided to take my yearbook photo and write my phone number on it to win his affections. Special side note: In high school I took this infamous yearbook pic where I wore red lipstick; which people didn’t really do since I grew up in a pretty preppy and innocent PA suburb. So yeah, I gave a dude my alt yearbook photo and yeah, it did not go too well, he mostly just ran away.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
CW: I’m super into body positivity and self empowerment for young women, so if I could make a new product I would love to target pre-teen girls and have some sort of girly jewelry box that you can smack and it’ll say something inspirational like “Yo mom be wrong, GURL, you looking fine!” or “No one should ever dump you because you have the biggest heart a chick could want!”.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
CW: I’ll say elves because that other hip playwright on your blog, Claire Drobot, said it.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
CW: Christmas time can be a rough time for me since I’m a Jewish chick, so sometimes I have long fantasy sequences about me decorating a humongous gingerbread house with a random hot dude while babies sing happy Christmas songs and dance around us in glee.
Catherine Weingarten is a recent Bennington College graduate and a playwriting MFA candidate at Ohio University. Her short works have been done at such theaters as Ugly Rhino Productions, Less Than Rent, Last Frontier Theater Conference, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Nylon Fusion Collective. Her full length plays include: Are you ready to get PAMPERED!?, Recycling Sexy, A Roller Rink Temptation (which premiered at the New Orleans Fringe Festival this November) and Pineapple Upside Down Cake: a virgin play. She is the Playwright in Residence for “Realize your Beauty inc” which promotes positive body image for kids by way of theater arts. She was a recent member of Abingdon Theater’s playwrights group and New Perspective’s “Women’s Work” short play lab.