Spookfish Theatre Company

Spookfish Theatre Company Founded in February 2010 by theatre artists Ming Peiffer and Kat Yen. We create and produce original performative work.
Founded in February 2010 by Ming Peiffer and Kat Yen. Our work has been presented at HERE Arts Center, The Flea Theater, The Wild Project, The New York International Fringe Festival, Theater for the New City, The Kraine Theater, The Red Room, Under St. Mark's, The Sargeant, Columbia University, among others. Their work has been featured in numerous publications including: The New York Times, The Local East Village, nytheatre.com, The New York Daily News, Backstage, talkentertainment.com, Cultural Capitol, angryasianman.com, among others. "Any fan of New York theater, large or small, and anyone who enjoys pondering knotty questions should see this show."- Tamas Vilaghy, The East Village Local, The ABC's Guide To Getting Famous Please visit our website for more details about future performances.

01/06/2017

Hi Everyone,

After many years of making work that we are both enormously proud of, we have come to the difficult decision to dissolve Spookfish Theatre Company. We are grateful to each other for many years of fruitful collaboration, abundant laughter, and beautiful work. We know we will look back on these past years with the fondest of memories, and are excited to see where focusing on our individual careers takes us in the future.

Looking forward to all the work you will make in the New Year, so please keep us updated about your ongoings at our respective new email addresses.

Ming Peiffer at [email protected]

and Kat Yen at [email protected]

Hope you are well.

Warmly,
Ming & Kat

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04/30/2016

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04/23/2016

USUAL GIRLS final performance today at 2:30 p.m.!

Signature Theater!

Playground set!

SEE YOU THERE!

WE ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT FOR ALL 3 PERFORMANCES OF USUAL GIRLS!!!!! Damn guys... it's been TWO days since we created the ...
04/15/2016
Columbia Stages - New Plays Now 2016

WE ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT FOR ALL 3 PERFORMANCES OF USUAL GIRLS!!!!! Damn guys... it's been TWO days since we created the Facebook event... We're looking into adding more seats but either way - get on the waitlist NOW!

http://www.columbiastages.org/season/2016/20_New%20Plays/newplays2016(2).html

Written largely in the first person from Sam’s experience as a childhood cancer survivor, Afterward mixes medical memoir with scenes which use superhero movie tropes to explore the themes of illness, trauma, survivorship, and anxiety.

1st run-thru of cast #2 of USUAL GIRLS!!! Photo courtesy the wonderful Julia Anrather!
04/14/2016

1st run-thru of cast #2 of USUAL GIRLS!!! Photo courtesy the wonderful Julia Anrather!

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04/13/2016

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04/12/2016

Spookfish Theatre Company's cover photo

Spookfish's new project! Going up at Signature Theater this April! Spookfish Artistic Directors Ming Peiffer and Kat Yen...
02/23/2016
Ming Peiffer | Columbia MFA Playwrights

Spookfish's new project! Going up at Signature Theater this April!

Spookfish Artistic Directors Ming Peiffer and Kat Yen collaborate yet again!

http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/playwrights/class-of-2016/ming-peiffer/

Ming Peiffer HOMETOWN, COUNTRY: Columbus, Ohio NAME OF THESIS PROJECT: Usual Girls MENTOR: David Henry Hwang SYNOPSIS OF THESIS: Usual Girls is a work-in-progress play about female sexuality and misogyny that mashes autobiography together with a “made up” coming of age narrative punctuated by real…

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09/25/2015

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06/27/2015

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03/13/2015

First showing of our workshop/staged reading of "Aokigahara/don'tlookforme"!
by Ming Peiffer, Directed by Kat Yen

7 pm! At Alchemical Theatre Laboratory!

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03/11/2015

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03/04/2015

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TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE OF DESTINATION: OASIS IS SOLD OUT! But there are 2 more chances to see it this weekend! Sunday @ 3...
02/28/2015

TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE OF DESTINATION: OASIS IS SOLD OUT!

But there are 2 more chances to see it this weekend! Sunday @ 3 pm and 7 pm! E-mail [email protected] to reserve tickets before departure!

SATURDAY EVENING'S PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT!4 more chances to see DESTINATION: OASIS!E-mail ming@spookfishtheatre.org to ...
02/26/2015

SATURDAY EVENING'S PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT!
4 more chances to see DESTINATION: OASIS!
E-mail [email protected] to reserve your free tickets!

SATURDAY EVENING'S PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT!

4 more chances to see DESTINATION: OASIS!

E-mail [email protected] to reserve your free tickets!

SATURDAY EVENING'S PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT!4 more chances to see DESTINATION: OASIS! E-mail ming@spookfishtheatre.org to...
02/26/2015

SATURDAY EVENING'S PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT!

4 more chances to see DESTINATION: OASIS!

E-mail [email protected] to reserve your free tickets!

02/25/2015

DESTINATION: OASIS opens TONIGHT @ 7 pm!

Reserve FREE TICKETS by emailing [email protected]

SATURDAY EVENING'S PERFORMANCE ALMOST SOLD OUT!

Looking forward to meeting you in The Galapagos!

02/08/2015

AUDITIONS! AUDITIONS! AUDITIONS!

Auditions for our upcoming reading of "aokigahara/ don't look for me" with Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America! Stay tuned for info about the reading in March!

Updated website! New performance photos! Plus information about Spookfish Artistic Director's Kat Yen and Ming Peiffer's...
11/19/2014
Spookfish Theatre Company

Updated website! New performance photos!

Plus information about Spookfish Artistic Director's Kat Yen and Ming Peiffer's collaboration piece at The Flea as part of the CUTTHROAT SERIES: Grand Guignol Duels running through December 3rd! http://www.spookfishtheatre.org/

Spookfish Theatre Company

I WROTE ON UR WALL AND NOW I REGRET IT may have closed yesterday, but it lives on in the digital archives! Thank you so ...
08/11/2014
SinoVision English Channel

I WROTE ON UR WALL AND NOW I REGRET IT may have closed yesterday, but it lives on in the digital archives! Thank you so much Lani Nelson at Sinovision for keeping up with Spookfish Theatre Co and taking the time to feature our show!

Last year, Spookfish Theatre Company caught the attention of the New York International Fringe Festival with their one-man show The ABC’s Guide

LAST 2 CHANCES to see our "perfect ensemble cast" bring this piece to life.... feeling #blessed :) :)
08/10/2014
i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it

LAST 2 CHANCES to see our "perfect ensemble cast" bring this piece to life.... feeling #blessed :) :)

i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it by Ming Peiffer July 30-August 10th General Admission: $18 Student Tickets: $15 PLZ “Like” + come c this play bout u & me & all of US b4 I KILL myself jkjkjk lol dot dot dot this -----> is a collage about the 1nTerne+ and…

MEET THE ACTORS! We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES! Meet Ryan Dreyer (ENSEMBL...
08/08/2014

MEET THE ACTORS!

We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES!

Meet Ryan Dreyer (ENSEMBLE)!

SPOOKFISH: Can you describe your experience finding human connection via the Internet, or other social media platforms?

RYAN: Thank you internet... You keep me in touch with and connected to my faraway loved ones and family. A place where strangers feel "close" and friends exist through comments and likes. TRUE human connections online... Nope!

But I mean... is that really a connection? Probably not. It's just me, observing tender you.

SPOOKFISH: Why is this project special?

RYAN: Working with passionate, creative and dedicated people reminds me of why I love to do what I do... This project is special to me because it affirms my reasons to act and inspires me to keep on going. Feel very lucky to be a part of it! Thank you to an incredible cast/crew.

SPOOKFISH: Bio?

RYAN: Alumni of The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in NYC and a BA Drama/Film graduate from The University of Cape Town. Favorite NYC theatre credits include: Agate Keller in "Waiting for Lefty" (Marilyn Monroe Theatre), Lawrence/Phillip in "Loose Ends" (Lee Strasberg Theatre), Grumio in "Taming of the Shrew" (West End Theatre). Super stoked to be part of the SPOOKFISH team! New York based. Website: ryandreyer.info

SPOOKFISH: Show us your true selfie!

CRAZYTOWNBLOG Interviews Playwright Ming Peiffer about Spookfish's new play I WROTE ON UR WALL AND NOW I REGRET IT
08/07/2014
Crazytown - BOHEMIAN DREAMS: MING PEIFFER

CRAZYTOWNBLOG Interviews Playwright Ming Peiffer about Spookfish's new play I WROTE ON UR WALL AND NOW I REGRET IT

Meet NYC's most talented starving artists before they're rich and famous. This week meet playwright Ming Peiffer, and find out what she has to say about self-producing, internet dating, and Miley Cyrus. by David Davila (playwright / songwriter) I first heard about playwright Ming Peiffer when I was…

08/05/2014
i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it

OMG!!!! INCREDIBLE FIRST REVIEW!

"What could be a tough topic to cover (after all, where do you START?) is made easier with Spookfish Theatre Company’s production of i wrote on ur wall and now I regret it. So close your computer, pull out your iPhone and set your GPS to East 3rd Street and get to the beautifully renovated The Wild Project space to see this play...."

"Go see i wrote on ur wall and now I regret it. Trust me, you won’t."

http://nytheaternow.com/Content/Article/i-wrote-on-ur-wall-and-now-i-regret-it

Social media has completely changed the way we live and communicate. And in its wake has cropped up a completely new set of problems; diseases, social ills and insights into the human condition.

MEET THE ACTORS! We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES! Meet Ying Ying Li (aka L)...
08/02/2014

MEET THE ACTORS!

We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES!

Meet Ying Ying Li (aka L)!

SPOOKFISH: Can you describe your experience finding human connection via the Internet, or other social media platforms?

YING: I used to be a lot more open to meeting strangers on the internet --chatrooms, fb, random fora. I actually got the best relationship advice ever from a chatroom stranger. I don't do that anymore. Like, at all. I guess I was more of a romantic back then. But the thing is, now that I socially network within the garden of people I know irl, the experience feels less true. People are so polished online now. Myself included. So the best online "true human connection" moments now, for me, are when you catch people between postures, when they accidentally show you something real and true. When someone writes a status update or a tweet. Immediately deletes it. Then writes a new one, changing the words ever so slightly. Or when people crop their profile pic multiple times and accidentally leave all the different versions up. The truth is in the edit. In the evidence of reframing.

But I mean... is that really a connection? Probably not. It's just me, observing tender you.

SPOOKFISH: Why is this project special?

YING: I Wrote on Ur Wall is an exploration of the internet, written and directed by people who... actually... explore... the internet. I always get so embarrassed when grown-ups try to write about the internet and reference MySpace. Cringe, it's 2014! And yet, even though the stories take place via the internet, the show is not, in my opinion, about machines --it's about people. Weird, awkward, funny, sad, charming, delicious people. And so you end up with this legitimately tech-savvy show that has a lot of heart.

SPOOKFISH: Bio?

YING: Well, I can blow a bubble with bubble gum, and then blow another bubble inside it.

SPOOKFISH: Show us your true selfie!

INCREDIBLE OPENING! And tonight's performance is PAY WHAT YOU WISH (at the door). We are expecting a large crowd tonight...
07/31/2014
i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it

INCREDIBLE OPENING! And tonight's performance is PAY WHAT YOU WISH (at the door). We are expecting a large crowd tonight, so if you haven't secured pre-sale tickets, buy them here https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/936930....Or make sure you make it early to the theater for PWYW!


C U 2nite! :) :p 0_0

i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it by Ming Peiffer July 30-August 10th General Admission: $18 Student Tickets: $15 PLZ “Like” + come c this play bout u & me & all of US b4 I KILL myself jkjkjk lol dot dot dot this -----> is a collage about the 1nTerne+ and…

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07/29/2014

T3cH/ dRe$s @ tH£ W1Ld pR09eC+!!! w€ 0p3n 2moR0www!!!

m0V1N9 !n+o OuR n3W h0Me!!!!!! $oooo eXC1+eD!!!!! @spookfishtc
07/28/2014

m0V1N9 !n+o OuR n3W h0Me!!!!!!

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MEET THE ACTORS! We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES! Meet Stephanie Regina (ak...
07/27/2014

MEET THE ACTORS!

We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES!

Meet Stephanie Regina (aka ENSEMBLE)!

SPOOKFISH: Can you describe your experience finding human connection via the Internet, or other social media platforms?

STEPHANIE: Eh.. uh.. well… Let’s see here. I remember the day I heard about MySpace—it terrified me. I thought that people would stalk me, find me, and then kill me. And that was my introduction to social media—a way for serial killers to observe their prey. I probably watched too much television. Then EVERYONE got a myspace, so I followed the crowd and got one too—shh don’t tell. I really don’t think Facebook or twitter are forums for true human connection. I never update my status on Facebook—you can’t even post to my wall. I DO like having one though, to share articles, photos, and funny anecdotes. That’s all. I’m more interested in how humans (and other living beings) relay their thoughts and feelings through eye contact, physical contact, and pure energetic exchanges. Just being near another person feeds my soul.

SPOOKFISH: Why is this project special?

STEPHANIE: This project is SO special to me! The material that Kat & Ming have given me in this play all examine how beautiful and awesome social media actually is (shocking!)—a forum to generate dialogue, collective conscience, etc. Also, I didn’t know what a “meme” was until this project! How cool is the idea of a “meme”?! It’s like virtually playing dress-up. Today, I woke up feeling like Harpo Marx. DONE. “i wrote on your wall” is challenging me as a human of the 21st century—how can we find embrace our ever changing, forward-moving society? People were scared of cars once too, and now those suckers are everywhere. Kat & Ming have allowed me to “get in the car” of social media and see where it leads me. For that, I thank you both!

SPOOKFISH: Bio?

STEPHANIE: Stephanie Regina graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in theatre. Performance highlights include Oedipus in Oedipus Rex XX/XY (LaMama ETC), Medea in Jason and the Argonauts (SummerStage NYC), Dancing Behind My Eyelids (ART/Club Oberon), Abigail in 1776 (NJPAC/ NJYT), & Cloud Nine (Reduta, Czech Republic). Stephanie is a member of Gia Forakis & Company. www.stephanieregina.com

SPOOKFISH: Show us your true selfie!

MEET THE ACTORS! We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES! Meet Andrea Goldman (aka ...
07/24/2014

MEET THE ACTORS!

We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES!

Meet Andrea Goldman (aka MOTHER)!

SPOOKFISH: Can you describe your experience finding human connection via the Internet, or other social media platforms?

ANDREA: Connection for me is about intimacy—an actual physical experience with another living breathing human being. It’s about physical closeness—being able to smell someone’s breath, touch their face, feel what their skin is. In my experience, the internet is a source of disconnection. It’s more about projection than tangible human experience. The internet may give us proximity, but I don’t know if it could possibly substitute for connection. Maybe it does in the form of intimacy of information—a connection to new words, ideas, artists working on the other side of the world, engaging thinkers. I suppose if I look at it like that, then yes, I do find connection to new words and new ideas. But I’d choose a library or an old used bookstore any day before I’d join a chat room.

SPOOKFISH: Why is this project special?

ANDREA: After living in New York for the past few years, I’ve become fascinated with how we exist so close together, yet at the same time so far apart—the disconnect and the constant search to connection. Sometimes you bear witness to beautiful moments of connection—real moments, real people and the city becomes a gift, but also I feel that there is a tremendous sea of isolation and aloneness.

I’m fascinated by how technology might change the way we love.

Do we love through it or do we love it?

But something is always missing. For me what the internet and technology takes away is the element of spontaneous surprise. You know everything about everyone before you ever meet them or reunite with them. Random encounters, spontaneous moments…discovery…is that becoming obsolete?

It’s this constant balance of the need to connect, while at the same time existing in complete disconnection…loving, living, breathing through machines that drew me to this piece.

SPOOKFISH: Bio?

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Andrea is a graduate of the New York Stella Adler Studio Conservatory and trained classically in England with the Bristol Old Vic. For the past few years she has been working between New York and Europe as both an actress and a writer. She is a company member at The Flea Theatre and enjoys creating original work with the box collective. This is her first time working with Spookfish and she definitely doesn’t regret it. For more about what she’s up to : www.andreagoldmanweb.com

SPOOKFISH: Show us your true selfie!

ONE WEEK TO OPENING! EBLAST! Plus announcement of our upcoming readings for our RARE SPECIES: New Play Development Lab!
07/23/2014
i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it OPENS IN 1 WEEK!

ONE WEEK TO OPENING! EBLAST! Plus announcement of our upcoming readings for our RARE SPECIES: New Play Development Lab!

By Ming Peiffer, Directed by Kat YenFEATURING: Jaspal Binning, Ryan Dreyer, Karen Eilbacher, David M. Farrington, Ricky Faust, Andrea Goldman, Jordan Ho,Ying Ying Li, and Stephanie ReginaPLZ “Like” + come c this play bout u & me & all of US b4 I KILL myself jkjkjk lol dot dot dot this -----> is a co…

MEET THE ACTORS! We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES! Meet David M. Farrington ...
07/22/2014

MEET THE ACTORS!

We interviewed our cast members and asked them to show us their TRUE SELFIES!

Meet David M. Farrington (aka RMODY31)!

SPOOKFISH: Can you describe your experience finding human connection via the Internet, or other social media platforms?

DAVID: FINDING connection? Like most people today, I have joined dating sites in the past and I participate heavily in social media, and I have met people that way. But usually those friendships and relationships do not last very long. Sometimes it feels that if you start a relationship online, it stays online. It's easy to bare your soul hiding behind the computer screen, but it's not so easy to maintain that level of honesty and trust when you're face to face with the person sitting in front of you. I tend to use the Internet and social media more as a way of keeping up with friends that I have met in person or had at one point had a significant relationship with in my life, whether or not we maintain contact any other way today.

SPOOKFISH: Why is this project special?

DAVID: Of course it is wonderful to be working with Spookfish again, but this project holds a special meaning for society at large. I definitely have been guilty of ignoring friendships to sit in a closed room in front of a screen or a gadget or a tablet... I already look around and see people of the younger generation texting and facebooking each other messages in lieu of talking while sitting at a table together eating dinner. I would not be surprised if sometime in the near future we live, go to school, date, and even get married online without ever leaving a solitary space. I wouldn't be shocked to hear if a Skype wedding has already happened. We as human beings are social creatures. It is built into our genetic makeup and history. It scares me to think where we may be heading when we no longer need physical, human interaction in our lives. Specifically with my character, RMody31, he is a man that is so lost and lonely despite being married that he can only find a connection chatting with innocence online that has not been corrupted yet by the trials of life. This is a positive thing because he's still found a way to connect, but very negative because it leads him into a life of regret, guilt, and further loneliness. If the stories in this play resonate with you at all, then you should be fearful as well for the human race and, more importantly, yourself.

SPOOKFISH: Bio?
David is so happy to be reuniting with Spookfish after tackling the role of Paul in last year's production of Advance Guard. Other recent credits include (New York) How I Learned to Drive, Woman at the Funerals, Baptized at NYC Fringe, Ryan Case 1873, (Regional) Grace, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, and (Film) "[escape]" and "Naz + Maalik." www.wix.com/d_m_farrington/actor

SPOOKFISH: Show us your true selfie!

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