Aya Ogawa
The Nosebleed

October 1-10, 2021

Performances will take place at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street.

Co-Presented with Japan Society.

Japanese-American playwright/director Aya Ogawa presents this final version of their intimate autobiographical piece that explores their fractured relationship with their long-deceased, enigmatic father. Since the show’s sold-out work-in-progress showings at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Incoming! Series, downtown theatergoers have been anticipating the premiere of The Nosebleed. Through a series of turbulent, absurd and poignantly comic vignettes, Ogawa reveals the seemingly insurmountable cultural and generational gap between himself and their father, who was a typical Japanese corporate businessman, and examines the questions faced by the playwright in their own motherhood experience today. A theatrical memorial and healing ritual for the audience, this darkly humorous, tender and inventive play considers how we inherit and bequeath failure, and what it takes to forgive.

All audience members must show proof of vaccination at Will Call.

Written and Directed by Aya Ogawa. Performed by Drae Campbell, Haruna Lee, Peter Lettre, Aya Ogawa, Saori Tsukada and Kaili Y. Turner. Set and Costume Design by Jian Jung. Lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew. Production Stage Manager: Lenyn Hernandez Marcia. Assistant Director / Assistant Stage Manager: Julia Izumi. Produced by John Del Gaudio.

The Nosebleed is co-presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater and Japan Society. The Nosebleed was developed in part through the Parent Artist Space Grant and AIR Program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group/Under the Radar Incoming! Series. Subsidized studio space provided by The Play Company through the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support for The Nosebleed was provided by a residency at Mount Tremper Arts and The Made in NY Women’s Film, TV & Theatre Fund by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts.

‘The Nosebleed’ Review: ‘Who Here Hates Their Father?’ – Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times

“Figuring Out Failure in the First Person” – Helen Shaw, New York Magazine