PlayCo commissioned Aya for a new original play after producing her brilliant translation of Toshiki Okada’s play ENJOY in 2010. She has devised a beautiful, haunting and magical piece that pulls you into uncharted territory where memory, fantasy and virtual reality swirl together. Three intertwining stories, from the past, present and future, 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.

Reviews of Ludic Proxy

“Ambitious. Beautifully conceived. Ms. Ogawa has big ideas, both in terms of the writing and how to stage it. The play shows how the simulated can adjoin, infuse or ultimately replace the actual.”
The New York Times

“Ludic Proxy is surely the very sort of downtown theater that should be supported by bold companies and even bolder audiences who want to encourage new voices.”
Huffington Post

“An acute and aesthetically arresting experience of life… Ludic Proxy is a lot of things: it is a roller coaster of emotion, it is bizarre, it is melancholic, and it doesn’t entire coalesce in one evening, but it is also not just a show that you can read about and know. You’ve gotta go.”
Theatre Is Easy

“Ogawa’s writing is enchanting and poetic, deeply in tune with the spirit of many different cultures.”
New York Theatre Review

Photos by Carol Rosegg

U.S. Premiere
APR 01 – MAY 02, 2015

Written and Directed by Aya Ogawa

Christopher Henry
Ayesha Jordan
Jackie Katzman
Yuki Kawahisa
Megan Stern
Saori Tsukada

Set Design:
Jian Jung
Costume Design:
Loren Shaw
Lights & Video:
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Anne Erbe
Production Stage Manager:
Marjorie Ann Wood
Production Management:
Anchor Watch


46 Walker Street
in Tribeca