Sea of Trees

Feb 27, 2015 to Feb 28, 2015
Ryan Oliveira & Adam Phillips
Directed by: 
Marina Johnson
Theatre B
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 8:00pm


In Aokigahara – also known as the Suicide Forest of Japan – a young woman named Aimi seeks to reunite with her lost lover, Kats…much to the chagrin of her stuffed calico cat, Neko. She learns from a priest that the only way to communicate with him is through a near-death experience, so she plays with suicide to meet him. Unknowingly, every close call with death brings her closer to total destruction at the hands of the malevolent spirits of the forest, including Moriko, who desires a murderous return to the living through her. Aimi’s only hope of finally reuniting with Kats on the same side of life is a sacrifice – but how big of a sacrifice will she actually make?

Please be advised that this show deals with themes of suicide and contains violence and violent imagery.


Aimi Katie Boothroyd
Neko Maya Bassuk
Kouki Zach Hendershott
Kats Nicholas Montgomery
Moriko Megan Henry
Otsuyu Madeline Ascherl
Kuchisake Raine Welterlen
Okiku Rubina Vidal
Oiwa Ariel Davis

Artistic Team

Book and Lyrics Ryan Oliveira
Music Adam Phillips
Director Marina Johnson
Assistant Director William Asmus
Music Director Frankie Rose
Costume Consultant Hiram Alexander Orozco
Lighting/Scenic Consultant Ray Ockenfels
Violence Choreographer Lukas Brasherfons
Stage Manager Samantha Paradis
Electric Bass CJ Kent
Percussion Riley Cook
Acoustic Guitar Adam Phillips


Tickets for Workshops are free of charge; however, you must obtain a ticket at the door and seating is limited.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.