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The Nosebleed
The Nosebleed
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The Nosebleed

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The critically acclaimed dark comedy makes its Lincoln Center debut.
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About The Nosebleed

"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.

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Aya Ogawa presents their new theatrical memoir, The Nosebleed, on stage at Lincoln Center this summer. Get The Nosebleed tickets on TodayTix now.

The Nosebleed is a play chiefly about Ogawa's relationship with their father. Though he died years ago, he remains a mystery to them in many ways, and Ogawa uses the play, in part, as an attempt to figure him out. Through multiple darkly funny vignettes, Ogawa shows how failure has been passed down through her family's generations, but also how they can begin to pass forgiveness on from here on out.

The Nosebleed is structured as a memory play, in which a person or character in the present looks back on experiences from the past, which get dramatized as flashbacks. In the case of The Nosebleed, Ogawa's past experiences with their father inform how they approach motherhood now.

Ogawa has had a long and diverse theatrical career. There have been multiple productions of The Nosebleed in New York — it was produced with Brooklyn Arts Exchange and at The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival in 2019, going on to a fully fledged premiere at New York's Japan Society, co-presented with the Chocolate Factory, in 2021.

Ogawa is also a director, having helmed Suicide Forest (an Obie Award-winning play) and 9000 Paper Balloons. They are currently developing a play called Meat Suit: the shitshow that is motherhood and a one-person version of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis with new music by opera and musical composer Philip Glass.

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What to Watch For

  • Ogawa does it all! In addition to writing The Nosebleed, they're also directing and starring in it.
  • In addition to all these talents — writing, directing, acting — Ogawa is also a translator, having adapted multiple Japanese plays into English.
  • Though the Lincoln Center run is limited, this isn't the end for The Nosebleed. After its run in New York, it's already scheduled for a run at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. in 2023.
  • Ogawa was born in Tokyo and grew up in Brooklyn, so much of their work focuses on the experiences of international citizens and immigrants. They also often write about the experiences of women and non-binary people.
Run time

70 minutes, no intermission

Start date

July 16th, 2022

End date

August 28th, 2022

Genre

Play

Venue

Lincoln Center Theater - Claire Tow Theater

Age

12+

From $30
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