Suicide Forest

The Ma-Yi Theater Company
February 25, 2020 – March 12, 2020

Returning by popular demand, following a sold-out run at The Bushwick Starr, Haruna Lee’s Suicide Forest is a bilingual nightmare play excavating the Japanese American consciousness and its intimate relationship with sex, suicide, and identity.

In 1990’s Japan, a teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a male-defined society as a salaryman desperately tries to escape his masochistic psyche. Both are clawing for their self-worth. When their journeys collide, they expose their darkest desires fueled by shame as they now confront life and death with the notorious Suicide Forest looming over their imagination. Performed by a Japanese heritage cast, Suicide Forest breaks through the silence and submissiveness often associated with Japanese and Asian American identity, examining the role of community and the struggles of emotional, psychic, and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories.

Meet the Team
Haruna Lee | Writer
Aya Ogawa
| Director

Haruna Lee
Keizo Kaji
Yuki Kawahisa
Aoi Lee
Eddy Toru Ohno
Dawn Akemi Saito
Jian Jung | Scenic Design **
Alice Tavener
| Costume Design
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
| Lighting Design & Video Design
Fan Zhang
| Original Music & Sound Design
Jen Goma | Song Composition & Arrangement
Nina Williams | Stage Manager
Plato Seto | Assistant Stage Manager

Photo Credit: Richard Termine

** See the gallery for design images.

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