The Nosebleed

October 1, 2021 - October 10, 2021

Friday, October 1 at 7:30 pm—followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception    SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 2 at 7:30 pm    SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 3 at 7:30 pm   SOLD OUT
Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 pm—followed by an artist Q&A   SOLD OUT
Friday, October 8 at 7:30 pm   SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 9 at 3 pm & 7:30 pm   SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 10 at 3 pm   SOLD OUT

“… [T]he performance becomes a moving communal rite that accommodates both love and hate and locates the filial kindness for a loopily generous send-off. But what it mourns most deeply are the questions for a dead father that went unasked, and the understanding that might have been.”
    — The New York Times Critic’s Pick (Read the full review here)

Co-presented with the Chocolate Factory Theater

Japanese American playwright/director Aya Ogawa presents this final version of their intimate autobiographical piece that explores their fractured relationship with their long-deceased, enigmatic father. Since the show's sold-out work-in-progress showings at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Incoming! Series, downtown theatergoers have been anticipating the premiere of The Nosebleed. Through a series of turbulent, absurd and poignantly comic vignettes, Ogawa reveals the seemingly insurmountable cultural and generational gap between themself and their father, who was a typical Japanese corporate businessman, and examines the questions faced by the playwright in their own motherhood experience 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.

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All audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination at Will Call and wear a face mask at all times inside the Japan Society building. The approximate capacity per performance is 80 people.

Tickets: $30/$25 members

Location: Japan Society (333 East 47th Street, New York)

Members: August 10
General public: August 17

Image: The Nosebleed © Maria Baranova

The Nosebleed is co-presented with the Chocolate Factory Theater. The Nosebleed was developed in part through the Parent Artist Space Grant and AIR Program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group/Under the Radar Incoming! Series. Subsidized studio space provided by The Play Company through the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support for The Nosebleed was provided by a residency at Mount Tremper Arts and The Made in NY Women’s Film, TV & Theatre Fund by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts.


2021-2022 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor
MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Major Support is generously provided by Doug and Teresa Peterson, with endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Helen and Kenneth A. Cowin, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Mr. Alan M. Suhonen‡, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Paula S. Lawrence, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Marjorie Neuwirth, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nancy and Joe Walker. Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.


† In memoriam.