Esther Choi and the Fish that Drowned

Esther Choi is your favorite all-American, overachieving-Asian teen except she has a ghost. Anthony Gibson is Esther’s best friend and (spoiler alert) he’s dead. Mr. Choi is Esther’s grandfather and he owns a haunted dry cleaner on Cheltenham Ave. In an (un)likely turn of events, Esther must grapple with grief, loneliness, and winning first chair in high school orchestra, all while living up to her grandfather’s new expectations.
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Esther Choi and the Fish that Drowned

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  • Rachel Bublitz:
    10 Apr. 2019
    This play would be so devastating if it weren't for the incredible humor Walters uses throughout for levity. What this does to me instead, is create these intense moments of juxtaposition where my need to laugh and cry crash on top of one another. Would love to see this produced!
  • Erlina Ortiz:
    23 Mar. 2019
    I enjoy how this play unfolds and lets us know more and more about these characters and how they try to keep each other safe. Very rarely do we get to see a grand-daugther grand-father relationship portrayed on stage and I think this play does it beautifully while dealing with important contemporary concepts. When grandfather talks about the cops being so mean my heart just breaks!
  • Julie Zaffarano:
    15 Mar. 2019
    Ester Choi is a young woman struggling with abandonment, grief, anger, as she questions her motivations and choices. As Walters masterfully reveals her characters through a series of telling vignettes, we are drawn into their familiar, yet unsettling world.

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    2019
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    PlayPenn
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    2019