A project of The Foundry Theatre's "NYC… Just Like I Pictured It," a performance series of five new works and a musical that re-imagine the city we live in.
In collaboration with Adhikaar and the Nepali immigrant community, writer/director Aya Ogawa and designerJeanette Yew create an invented festival for the future in which past stories of injustice and violence unfold to their imagined resolutions. Ritual, song and dance collide with technology in this bilingual performance that posits hope for equity and equality in the community that is New York.
Journey to the Ocean
You have to visit your sick mother, fire your entire office, and you have no one to turn to. What are you worried about? Lush video and sound design are woven into movement in this journey through geography, fantasy and the economy.
And spam. Lots of spam.
A play with multimedia (in development) Written & Directed by Aya Ogawa
–> Presented as a work-in-progress excerpt in February 2009 at the Performance MIX Festival
Video & Lights by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound by Rich Kim
Featuring Drae Campbell, Ryan Edwards, Ikuko Ikari, Joan Jubbett, Eunjee Lee, Alanna Medlock, Jason Quarles, Sophia Remolde, Adam Rihacek
–> Presented as a reading in September 2007 as part of PRELUDE ’07
Featuring Maha Chehlaoui, Donlin Foreman, Jennifer Emerson Foreman, Judson Kniffen, Alanna Medlock, Banaue Miclat, Ryutaro Mishima, Tony Roach, Sophia Skiles, Deborah Wallace & Nancy Wu.
Artifact @ Performance Mix Festival
pictures of the drowned
A woman swept up in the rhythms of a foreign city discovers that she can go through life without ever uttering a word. A dying mother reveals a deep secret that sets her son off on a mysterious journey of nostalgia for the unknown. Art and entertainment: cultures clash in a theater producer’s office and the translator bears the brunt. An explosion of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in four languages turns on its players. multiple disparate stories of disjoint and disconnection portray the convergence of dream and reality in a globalized world.
This precursor to oph3lia was shown as a workshop at New York Theater Workshop’s 4th Street Theater in August 2005.
Script & Direction Aya Ogawa Lights Charles Foster Set Eric Hildebrandt Sounds Rich Kim Costumes Clint Ramos Projections Chi-Wang Yang Production Assistant Yukako Yamazoe Light Board Op Hamilton Boardman
Based on Yasunari Kawabata's novel Beauty and Sadness, this play reorients the sordid story of a torrid love affair between a 16-year-old girl and a writer twice his age. Unresolved tragedies of the past echo into the future.
written and directed by Aya Ogawa. Produced at Clemente Soto Velez, Latea Theater in May 2003.
work of visual beauty and formal originality… notable for the writer-director’s stunning visual sense, her often adept hand at dialogue, and her gift for creating natural moments between actors in the midst of strange, jarring rhythms. -- Theatremania.com [read original article]
Writer-director Aya Ogawa … has interwoven often-poetic language with often-mesmerizing scenes that play upon the mind while you watch. -- Offoffoff.com [read original article]
During an unnamed war, a soldier is captured on enemy territory and kept like a dog, chained in the backyard, and tended to by two young girls. A one-act play that challenges ideas of sanctioned violence through the lens of childhood.
Presented at Soho Rep as part of Summer Camp 1999. Directed by Ron Russell.
Presented at HERE as part of Theatres Against War (T.H.A.W.) in 2002.
Serendipity, or a postmodern farce
A 10-minute play about a man who reads palms and a woman who is afraid of frogs. Winner at the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and finalist for Humana's 10-minute play contest.