The Bushwick Starr Teams with Ma-Yi to Present “SUICIDE FOREST” in 2019

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Photo: Sasha Arutynova

Ma-Yi is pleased to be associated with the production of  SUICIDE FOREST previewing February 26, 2019.

Written by Kristine Haruna Lee
Directed by Aya Ogawa

Presented by The Bushwick Starr in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company

Suicide Forest is a bilingual nightmare play excavating the Japanese-American consciousness and its looming relationship with sex, suicide, and identity. In 1990’s Japan, a teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a nightmarish, male-defined society as a salaryman desperately tries to escape his masochistic psyche. Both are clawing for their self-worth. When their two 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 Japanese American identity, examining the role of community and the inner struggles of emotional, psychic and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories and inner landscape.


Scenic Design by Jian Jung
Lighting and Video Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound Design by Fan Zhang
Music Composition by Jen Goma
Costume Design by Alice Tavener
Featuring Yuki Kawahisa, Aoi Lee, Kristine Haruna Lee, and others

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Read this article from The Bushwick Starr by Jesse Alick about the playwright and director.

SUICIDE FOREST – at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan.


SUICIDE FOREST – at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Aokigahara is a forest located northwest of Mount Fuji, stretching from Kawaguchiko town to Narizawa village, Yamanashi Prefecture. The age of this forest is estimated to be about 1200 years. This forest is known as a popular suicide spot in Japan. -The New York Times

Called “the perfect place to die,” the Aokigahara forest in Japan has the unfortunate distinction of being the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. ATLAS OBSCURA


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