A young Japanese woman comes to New York City, a complete stranger, and embarks on a mysterious journey through her memory and the anonymous city. Swept up in the rhythms of the foreign city she discovers that she can go through life without ever uttering a word.
Expatriated students in an international Christian girl’s school in China have formed their own insular hierarchy within the school walls — but the arrival of a new teacher and a transfer student threatens its delicate balance.
In the world of entertainment production cultures collide and language collapses. Compromises of artistic and personal integrity punctuate the struggle for voice and power in the creation of “art.” Cultures clash in a theater producer’s office and the translator bears the brunt.
Through three disparate, interweaving stories of disjoint and disconnection oph3lia examines the archetype and themes emerging from the character of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a contemporary and international context.
World Premiere Production June 2008 at HERE Arts Center
Written & Directed by Aya Ogawa
Set & costumes by Clint Ramos
Lights & video by Jeanette Yew
Sound by Rich Kim
Music by Andy Gillis
Featuring Laura Butler, Drae Campbell, Dawn Eshelman, Connie Hall, Ikuko Ikari, Hana Kalinski, Eunjee Lee, Mark Lindberg, Alanna Medlock, Jy Murphy, Jorge Rubio, Magin Schantz, Maureen Sebastian
oph3lia has been developed over the last 3 years at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New Dramatists, NYTW and HERE Arts Center.