Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 program for new plays and emerging artists presents Aya Ogawa's The Nosebleed in summer 2022. Check back for information on The Nosebleed tickets.

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 will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Aya Ogawa
Lincoln Center Theater
Aya Ogawa
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Megumi Katayama
Jian Jung
Jian Jung
Cast list:
Drae Campbell, Ashil Lee, Aya Ogawa, Saori Tsukada, Kaili Y. Turner
The Nosebleed Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
July 16, 2022
Opening date: 
August 1, 2022
Booking to: 
August 28, 2022
August 28, 2022

Lincoln Center Theater - Claire Tow Theater

150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
Nearest subway station:
66th Street - Lincoln Center station

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Lincoln Center Theater to premiere 'The Nosebleed' off Broadway
May 25, 2022

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 informs their experience as a mother.