When Willy goes missing, his older sister Jill goes on a quest to bring him home. By reading the journal he left behind, Jill comes to understand her brother's misguided search for love--and, ultimately, uncovers not only the answers that Willy has been looking for, but makes unprecedented discoveries about herself. Through witnessing the complicated and unpredictable past of Willy, as Jill unfolds her disregarded issues, Flat Fish tells a haunting story of family, connection, and love.
Sean Dunnington - Playwright
Sean Dunnington is a sophomore, from The Big Island of Hawai’i, studying “Visual and Dramatic Narrative” at the University of Redlands, in the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. His emphasis intertwines and integrates playwriting, screenwriting, television writing, fiction, literary analysis, acting, directing, and philosophy. He is thrilled about his New York debut, and hopes that this will be the first of many flights out from Los Angeles. Recent works include: Flat Fish (University of Redlands Artists’ Collective), All My Sons (UoR), Grease (Kahilu Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (UoR), Godspell (Kahilu Theatre), Broadway in Hawai'i (Kahilu Theatre), Our Town (Dramatiques), Ten-Minute Play Festival (Playwrights' Guild). Upcoming works include the role of Horatio in Big Brother Hamlet (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and the director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (URAC). Sean will be studying acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in the autumn of 2017. He wants to thank the Johnston Center for flying him out to New York, his many communities for the love that inspires him to always write, and finally his dear friends at the university for performing his play, Flat Fish, and helping him solidify his dreams.
Jenna Spiwack - Director
Jenna Spiwack is a New York City based playwright and director. Jenna was most recently a Bernard B. Jacobs Intern at New Dramatists. Prior to this, she was a literary intern at Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Dramaworkshop. Jenna studied Theatre and Women's and Gender Studies at Muhlenberg College and playwriting at the National Theater Institute’s Theatermakers program. Jenna furthers her passion for new play development by directing new work; both her own and that of her peers. She is so excited to be involved in the Fresh Grind Festival!