Suicide Forest

I'm directing a staged reading of Kristine Haruna Lee's new play Suicide Forest on Tuesday October 18 at 8pm at the Bushwick Starr.  The reading is FREE! Come check out this dark and funny play that dismantles the psyche of contemporary Japanese society and features --- GOATS.

I'm excited and curious about this play, especially after having spent some time helping Joshua Zucker-Pluda on his yet unfinished documentary Sea of Trees, about the virgin forest at the foot of Mount Fuji, famous for its gnarled uneven floor that disorients those who enter -- making it the ideal destination for people who want to disappear or commit suicide. 

We're also assembling an all Japanese / Japanese-heritage cast, which is something I've been wanting to do for a while. xx

"Artists with families should be able to make art!"

Thank you so much to those of you who have made a donation! In less than a week, the project has reached over 50% of its minimum goal and 29% of its stretch goal! I've felt so warmed and encouraged by the response to this project and wanted to share some more about why I've launched this fundraising campaign. Check out this video to find out where your donations are going, exactly. 

Please donate here if you can!

what is ludic proxy?

Ludic = of or pertaining to play

Proxy = substitute, representativee

Ludic proxy = game-induced deja vu. Take these images, for example:

Image of the Prometheus monument in Pripyat as portrayed in the game STALKER: The Call of Pripyat.

The Prometheus monument in Pripyat, in real life.

Have you ever been so engrossed in a video game set in a specific location that you've never been to -- that when you do go there for the first time, you feel like you've been there before, you know which street to turn on, you recognize the architecture and layout of the city?

My play Ludic Proxy is about (among other things) the distortion of reality through the lens of technology and memory.

Ludic Proxy work-in-progress at River to River

I'm excited to announce that I have been invited to show part of Ludic Proxy for LMCC's River to River Festival this summer. I've been in residence in LMCC's WorkSpace program for the last 9 months, which has been an incredible experience. I'll be showing Act 2 & 3 for River to River on:

Monday June 23 @ 5pm

Wednesday June 25 @ 2pm

Friday June 27 @ 4pm

at One Liberty Plaza, 12th Floor.  Reservations are required and the RSVP system will be up on June 9 here.

new FB page

After some reluctance, I was convinced by "someone" that I had to have a Facebook page for "Aya Ogawa."  So here it is.  Like it, if you please. 

upcoming spring workshops

I've been in development for my latest piece Ludic Proxy. Some workshops coming up include:

Script development week April 1-6, 2014

Open Studio Weekend May 2-4, 2014 (open to public)

River-to-River Festival June 19-29, 2014 (open to public)

Stay tuned for more information to come!