Suicide Forest

is written by Kristine Haruna Lee and directed by Aya Ogawa, world premiered at The Bushwick Starr in a co-production with Ma-Yi Theater Company, February 27 - March 23, 2019.

Production photos below by Maria Baranova.

Suicide Forest is a bilingual nightmare play excavating the Japanese-American consciousness and its looming relationship with sex, suicide, and identity. In 1990’s Japan, a teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a nightmarish, male-defined society as a salaryman desperately tries to escape his masochistic psyche. Both are clawing for their self-worth. When their two journeys collide, they expose their darkest desires fueled by shame as they now confront life and death with the notorious Suicide Forest looming over their imagination. Performed by a Japanese heritage cast, Suicide Forest examines the role of community and the inner struggles of emotional, psychic and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories and inner landscape.

Featuring: Akiko Aizawa*, Yuki Kawahisa*, Keizo Kaji, Aoi Lee, Kristine Haruna Lee*, Eddy Toru Ohno, and Dawn Akemi Saito*

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.

Creative Team: Jian Jung (Scenic Design), Alice Tavener (Costume Design), Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting & Video Design), Fan Zhang (Original Music & Sound Design), Jen Goma (Song Composition & Arrangement), Brian Bernhard (Assistant Scenic Design & Props Master), Raphael Regan (Assistant Costume Design), Christina Tang (Assistant Lighting Design & Master Electrician), Mariko Takizawa (Production Stage Manager), Kiyo Kamisawa (Assistant Director), Patrick Murphy (Production Manager), Jay Maury (Technical Director), Padra Crisafulli (Production Intern), and Denise Shu Mei & John Del Gaudio (Co-Producers)