The Nosebleed

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.

Photo by Maria Baranova
Photo by Maria Baranova
Photo by Maria Baranova
Cast Requirements

5 W / 1 M
Some characters have language requirements: Japanese

Set Description



Honorable Mention, Kilroys 2019

Production and Development History


The Nosebleed was presented At Under the Radar’s Incoming! series in January of 2019, as part of the Public Theater's Devised Theater Working Group initiative.

The Nosebleed was developed through the Parent Artist Space Grant at Brooklyn Art Exchange in the winter/spring of 2017, and Ogawa's 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.