Writer/Director Aya Ogawa has been awarded The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s 2015 Presidential Award for Performing Arts, which will be given out on May 18, 2015 at LMCC’s Downtown Dinner. The event takes place at Conrad New York and will “celebrate the changing face of Lower Manhattan and those who do the inspiring work of bringing us together to enjoy and reflect on our lives here.”
Aya’s play Ludic Proxy is PlayCo’s first original commission and begins performances on April 1. Aya developed the piece over the past two years partly through LMCC’s Artist Residency grants. PlayCo commissioned Aya after working with her as the translator of Toshiki Okada’s play Enjoy. She also translated Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise which PlayCo produced last spring at Jack in Brooklyn.
Ludic Proxy will lead audiences through a familiar yet dreamlike – world upended by both nature and technology. In this piece Aya explores the tenuous line between memory, reality and fantasy through three narratives – Nostalgia, Virtual Reality and The Future Age – that unfold within an immersive theatrical landscape. The three intertwining stories tap into our deepest impressions of living in tumultuous times as nature and technology evolve out of our control, and explore the eternal drive for human connection. The show runs from April 1 through May 2 at Walkerspace in Tribeca. For tickets and more information visit Playco.org.