Kori, Tyger, BethAnne, Gemma, and Dan are losers. Not your typical-run-of-the-mill-Urban-Outfitters-shopping-hipster-losers either. They're not trendy enough for that. These kids are just real, bonafide
losers. Even Gemma—the 'coolest' of the lot: would undoubtedly be a loser in any other public school system.
These losers work as ‘actors’ at their shitty, local haunted house attraction...and you guessed it—nobody shows up. Ever. In fact, nothing ever happens...until tonight.
The play is a mean dissection of B-rate slasher flicks, the American dream, sexuality, and the cruelty of pop culture all set in a dilapidated haunted house attraction in the outskirts of the American South wedged somewhere between a feral cat colony and a Wal-Mart Super Center.
If audience members can sit through two and half hours of Furious Seven (which was totally badass--don't get me wrong), without falling asleep--they should be able to sit though a ninety minute play without dozing off. Even if it is Ibsen.
I wanted to write a play that not only challenges the form of theatre--but also questions it. What is this thing? How can we make it as badass as it should be?
A slasher flick. A bloody, gory slasher flick on stage. Literally: put five of the meanest people you've ever met in the same room for two hours and have them talk to each other.
Surely...something will happen.
Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk; Creative Commons
"Spookfish is a big glorious mess, an ambitious no-budget production fuelled by youthful passion. I loved it....That's not to say Spookfish is perfect -- but its bold imperfections, high stakes, and ridiculous meta ending are part of its infectious rough charm."
3W, 3M; Full-Length; Horror-Comedy;
Premiered during the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival