Haruna Lee’s SUICIDE FOREST is a bilingual nightmare play excavating the Japanese American consciousness and its intimate relationship with sex, suicide, and identity. It was presented in 2019 by The Bushwick Starr in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company. In 2020, Ma-Yi Theater Company remounted the critically-acclaimed production at A.R.T./New York Theatres.
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.
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Ako | Performer
Keizo Kaji | Performer
Yuki Kawahisa | Performer
Aoi Lee | Performer
Haruna Lee | Performer
Eddy Toru Ohno | Performer
Dawn Akemi Saito | Performer
Haruna Lee | Playwright, Creator
Aya Ogawa | Director
Jian Jung | Scenic Design
Alice Tavener | Costume Design
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew | Lighting & Video Design
Fan Zhang | Original Music & Sound Design
Jen Goma | Song Composition & Arrangement
Nina Williams-Teramachi | Production Stage Manager
Plato Seto | Assistant Stage Manager