Esther Choi and the Fish that Drowned byStephanie Kyung Sun Walters
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
Karen Jean Martinson:
21 May. 2022
Wow. Didn't expect to start out laughing and wind up crying while sitting and reading a play on a beautiful afternoon. This is an incredibly moving, beautiful play. ”
6 Jun. 2021
A beautiful capture of the true process of grappling with grief and the connection that can help us through. Well done. ”
1 May. 2021
Gorgeous piece that straddles many different genres--comedy, tragedy, drama, and magical realism, most notably. Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters creates three very vivid characters who we zero in on and get to know and understand well, while exploring larger and socially relevant themes of grief, intersectionality, racialized assumptions and violence, generational conflict, and more. The use of music is wonderful and the mix of lyrical dialogue, witty and on-point naturalism, and powerful visual metaphors makes for a theatrically compelling aesthetic whole. I'd so love to see this live and in performance! ”
Asian-American female, early 20s to play teen
African-American male, early 20s to play teen
Asian/Asian-American male, 60s-70s
A practical and driven high school student (but only because she knows she’s supposed to be). She’s tough on others, but tougher on herself. She is second generation. Asian-American, female, early 20s to play teen.
Can be played by:
Asian, Pacific Islander, or Asian American
A brilliant and kind high school student. Musical genius that works at a fish supply store. A compelling gentleness lives inside him. African-American, male, early 20s to play teens.
Can be played by:
Black, African, Caribbean, or African American
korean / korean american
Esther’s grandfather and immigrant from Korea. He owns a dry cleaner. Asian/Asian-American, male, grandfather age (let’s not be insulting here)