Grown kids coming to terms with failed relationships with their parents has always been fertile dramatic territory. As it covers this time-worn terrain, The Nosebleed, a compact and peculiar work written and directed by Aya Ogawa, deserves credit for its singular storytelling approach.That's not exactly the same as saying this autobiographical play at Lincoln Center Theater completely succeeds and satisfies. Beyond some too-pronounced performances, the key character of the author's father is a...
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Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 program for new plays and emerging artists presents Aya Ogawa's The Nosebleed in summer 2022. Get The Nosebleed tickets now.
The Nosebleed is a play that doubles as an autobiography, a memorial, and a memory play. Ogawa has written, directs, and stars in this show that centers on their relationship with their father, who has been dead for a while. He was as much of an enigma in life as in death, and Ogawa's play retrospectively tries to decipher him and his lasting effects on their life. The Nosebleed unfolds as a series of vignettes, as emotional and ridiculous as they are funny, that shows the passing down of failure through generations. But it also explores the reverse of that: passing down and returning forgiveness. Ultimately, Ogawa's exploration of the generational gap between them and their father informs how they approach motherhood themselves.
Before the debut of The Nosebleed off Broadway, Ogawa premiered the show at the The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in 2019, following it up with a 2021 production co-presented by Japan Society and the Chocolate Factory. The show is also set to go up with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. in 2023. They are also developing a play titled Meat Suit: the shitshow that is motherhood and a one-person adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. That project is being done together with Saori Tsukada and features new music by Philip Glass, a versatile composer whose opera Akhnaten is at The Metropolitan Opera in 2022.
Previously in New York, Ogawa has directed productions of Haruna Lee’s Obie Award-winning Suicide Forest and Maiko Kikuchi and Spencer Lott’s 9000 Paper Balloons, and they have published translations of multiple Japanese plays into English. Ogawa's entire body of work reflects the international and immigrant experience — they were born in Tokyo and raised in Brooklyn — as well as the experiences of women and non-binary people.
Tickets to The Nosebleed in New York are available on New York Theatre Guide now.
"Evocative and compelling!" Critic's Pick! – The New York Times
"Funny and gutting with an excellent ensemble." – New York Magazine, Approval Matrix
An enigmatic father. A reckoning with failure. A journey towards forgiveness. THE NOSEBLEED is a tender and darkly humorous play that explores playwright/director Aya Ogawa’s fractured relationship with their long-deceased father and considers his impact on their own life. A New York Times Critic’s Pick during its run at the Japan Society last year, the play invites audience members to consider unasked questions of their own.
70 minutes, no intermission
July 16th, 2022
August 28th, 2022
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Lincoln Center Theater is premiering Aya Ogawa's play The Nosebleed at the Claire Tow Theater this summer. Performances run for six weeks, from July 16 to August 28, and opening night is August 1.The Nosebleed, also directed by Ogawa, is an autobiographical play about their difficult relationship with their now-deceased father. The play explores forgiveness and the generational gap through a series of funny and emotional vignettes, and explores how Ogawa's relationship with their father now...