THE NOSEBLEED

is an intimate autobiography that explores playwright/director Aya Ogawa’s fractured relationship with her long-deceased and enigmatic father. Through a series of turbulent, absurd, and poignantly comic vignettes, Ogawa reveals the seemingly insurmountable cultural and generational gap between herself and her father, and the questions she faces in her own motherhood 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.

The Nosebleed emerged from an exploratory process around the topic of failure (from personal, artistic, career, systemic), and how we as a culture typically do not create space for acknowledging, processing and honoring failure.

The Nosebleed will have its world premiere in the fall of 2020.

The Nosebleed was presented At Under the Radar’s Incoming! series in January of 2019. Photos below!

 

Photos by Maria Baranova, taken at 2019 Under the Radar: Incoming! at The Public Theater.

Featuring performers: Drae Campbell, Kristine Haruna Lee, Peter Lettre, Jason Quarles, Saori Tsukada. Lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, set & costumes by Jian Jung, stage manager and assistant director Elizabeth Mak, assistant stage manager Kiyo Kamisawa


The Nosebleed was presented as a work-in-progress under its former title Failure Sandwich at Brooklyn Art Exchange / BAX on June 15 & 16, 2018. Photos by Ryutaro Mishima below!

Featuring performers: Drae Campbell, Ayesha Jordan, Kristine Haruna Lee, Saori Tsukada. Lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, set & costumes by Jian Jung, stage manager and assistant director Elizabeth Mak, assistant stage manager Kiyo Kamisawa

The Nosebleed was developed through the Parent Artist Space Grant at Brooklyn Art Exchange in the winter/spring of 2017, and her Artist Residency at BAX in the 2017-2018 season.

Subsidized studio space provided by The Play Company through the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Melon Foundation. Support for The Nosebleed was provided by a residency at Mount Tremper Arts.

Other past showings at BAX:

November 11, 2018 @ 3pm

November 19, 2017 @ 4pm 

February 11, 2018 @ 2pm