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Kristine Haruna Lee & Aya Ogawa

 

Kristine Haruna Lee & Aya Ogawa, Suicide Forest

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Kristine Haruna Lee and Aya Ogawa,  Suicide Forest  (2019). Photo credit Maria Baranova

Kristine Haruna Lee and Aya Ogawa, Suicide Forest (2019). Photo credit Maria Baranova

 

“I grew up with a mother who I can never fully communicate with … [She is] 100 percent Japanese. So I guess that technically makes me 50 percent Japanese. But that percentage is a lie. Sometimes I feel like I’m only 33 percent. Other times, as high as 70 percent. I am also, usually, a high percentage of American too.”

These words, spoken mid-performance by Kristine Haruna Lee in the play Suicide Forest, express how an identity’s literal “performance,” both on and off the stage, haunts, propels, and sustains Asian-American bodies today. The performance, a humorous and dark lens into Japan’s cultural underbelly, encompassed demonic prank shows, a forest home, and a clan of sweet goats. Directed by Aya Ogawa, and with the help of 129 backers, the play ran at The Bushwick Starr from February 27 to March 23, 2019.

 
Kristine Haruna Lee and Aya Ogawa,  Suicide Forest  (2019). Photo credit Maria Baranova

Kristine Haruna Lee and Aya Ogawa, Suicide Forest (2019). Photo credit Maria Baranova

Kristine Haruna Lee and Aya Ogawa,  Suicide Forest  (2019). Photo credit Maria Baranova

Kristine Haruna Lee and Aya Ogawa, Suicide Forest (2019). Photo credit Maria Baranova

Kristine Haruna Lee and Aya Ogawa,  Suicide Forest  (2019). Photo credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Kristine Haruna Lee and Aya Ogawa, Suicide Forest (2019). Photo credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times