Aya Ogawa’s “THE NOSEBLEED” at Lincoln Center Theater


Now through Sunday, August 28

Claire Tow Theater – 150 W. 65 Street at Amsterdam Avenue

Admission: $30

Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 presents THE NOSEBLEED, written and directed by Aya Ogawa.

About the Play

THE NOSEBLEED is an intimate autobiography that explores playwright/director Aya Ogawa’s fractured relationship with their 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 themselves and their father, and the questions they face in their 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 production features Drae Campbell, Ashil Lee, Aya Ogawa, Saori Tsukada, and Kaili Y. Turner. Sets and costumes are by Jian Jung, lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and sound by Megumi Katayama. Leah V. Pye is the Stage Manager.

Running time is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Performances are from Wednesday through Monday at 7:00 p.m. with additional matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. There are no shows on Tuesdays. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit LCT3’s website.

Remaining Post-Show Talkbacks

Monday, August 15: AANHPI Community Night

LCT3 celebrates the cast and creatives of THE NOSEBLEED! This show is a theatrical experience led by Asian women/non-binary artists. The cast and part of the creative team will be on hand to talk about the process of creating it for the LCT3 stage.

Monday, August 22: “Decentering the White Gaze”

Ogawa sits down with their frequent collaborator Haruna Lee (theater maker, Suicide Forest) to discuss the process of making work in their own image.

Aya Ogawa. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

About Aya Ogawa

Aya Ogawa is a Tokyo-born, Brooklyn-based playwright, director, performer, and translator whose work reflects an international viewpoint, centers women/non-binary perspectives, and utilizes the stage as a space for exploring cultural identity and other facets of the immigrant experience. Cumulatively, all aspects of their artistic practice synthesize their work as an artistic and cultural ambassador, building bridges across cultures to create meaningful exchange amongst artists, theaters, and audiences both in the U.S. and in Asia.

They have written and directed many plays including A Girl of 16, oph3lia (HERE), Journey to the Ocean (Foundry Theatre), and Ludic Proxy (The Play Company). Most recently they wrote, directed, and performed in The Nosebleed, which they presented at the 2019 Incoming! Series at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, before premiering at the Japan Society (co-presented by the Chocolate Factory) in 2021.

They are currently developing Meat Suit: the shitshow that is motherhood and a one-performer adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, in collaboration with Saori Tsukada, and with new music by Philip Glass.

As a director, they directed Haruna Lee’s Obie Award-winning Suicide Forest (The Bushwick Starr and Ma-Yi Theater Company) and Maiko Kikuchi and Spencer Lott’s 9000 Paper Balloons (HERE). They have translated numerous Japanese plays into English including work by Toshiki Okada, Satoko Ichihara, and Yudai Kamisato; many of these translations have been published and produced in the U.S. and U.K.

They are currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a Usual Suspect at NYTW; a recent member of the Devised Theater Working Group at the Public Theater; and an Artist-in-Residence at BAX. They were the recipient of the President’s Award in Performing Arts from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a finalist for the SDCF’s 2021 inaugural Barbara Whitman Award, and finalist for the 2022 Alan Schneider Director Award. For more information, please visit their website.

(from l to r) Saori Tsukada, Ashil Lee, Drae Campbell and Kaili Y. Turner. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

About the Cast

Drae Campbell is a genderqueer actor, performer, comedian, storyteller and all around entertainer who has appeared on stages all over New York City and in film, TV, and digital media. She has performed on the television shows New Amsterdam and Bull and in two seasons of Shaina Feinberg’s web series Dinette.

You can find Drae’s work online on Refinery29, IFC.Com, and BRICTV. Drae’s been hosting and curating her live queer storytelling show, TELL at BGSQD for more than 7 years. TELL is also a podcast on BRICRadio.

Ashil Lee (they/she/he) is a New York-based actor, sex educator, playwright, and current master’s candidate in Mental Health Counseling (NYU: Steinhardt). THE NOSEBLEED marks their Off-Broadway debut. Lee has appeared in Soft Jade (Yale Summer Cabaret); the world premieres of You Can’t Touch My Sister I Ate in the Womb (Columbia University) and The Virtuous Fall of the Girls from Our Lady of Sorrows, done in rep with Measure for Measure (Spicy Witch Productions); Juliet+Romeo (Pocket Universe); and the theatrical premiere of Dogville (dir. Robert O’Hara). Lee is also the founder of Script Tease, theatre inspired by sex-ed facts that fundraises for charity.

Saori Tsukada is a creator/performer who harnesses her ability in theater, dance, and beyond. Born in America and raised in Japan, she began her theatre career as a poster designer while studying Communication Art at Waseda University in Tokyo.

She has presented her “virtuoso” (Time Out NY) performance with “startlingly precise movements” (The New York Times) at venues like BAM, The Public Theater, La MaMa, Japan Society, Roulette, and more. Tsukada has worked with choreographer Yoshiko Chuma, Catherine Galasso, playwright/director Aya Ogawa, Pig Iron Theater Company, composer Joe Diebes, and multimedia artist duo Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty.

She received a Best Actress nomination at Dublin Fringe Festival for her acclaimed duet performance with composer/theater artist John Moran, touring across the U.S and Europe. Tsukada is an alumna of Devised Theater Working Group where she developed Club Diamond. It premiered at The Public Theater as part of UTR ‘17) with Nikki Appino. Currently, with Ogawa, she is developing a one-person show inspired by Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

Kaili Y. Turner is a Black Indigneous (enrolled member of the Natick Nipmuc clan) comedian, actress, writer, producer, and puppeteer. She received her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School. Some of her favorite performances include Fires in the Mirrors (Actors Studio Drama School), 103 Within the Veil (Boston Playwrights Conservatory), Janie’s Song (Northeastern University), SNL/ Second City Showcase (Second City), Golden Gals (Broadway Comedy Club), and The Nosebleed (Japan Society).

With a passion for storytelling and representation, Turner is the creator of the pilot “Fk’d Up & Fabulous,” streaming on the Tenoir TV app and was nominated for Best Web Series at the Hip Hop Film Festival. Her play Indian Country was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill playwrights conference, as well as Native Voices at the Autry.

She’s the creator of Rock the Bells Comedy, a Hip-Hop themed variety show, a member of Grown Ass Women (formally the first all-female Maude group at UCBNY), To Karen with Love (Best Sketch Group 2020 New Jersey City Comedy Festival), and Golden Gal’s (winner Best Director, and Best Music(al) parody). Additionally, Taylor was a participant of the Walt Disney/ABC Pilot Prep Program for Native Americans, a recipient of the 2021 SNL/Second City Scholarship, the 2022 Native American TV Writers Lab, as well as the 2022 Collective 5 Showrunners program.

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