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Oldest Boy, The : A Play in Three Ceremonies - Full Length Play, Drama

Oldest Boy, The : A Play in Three Ceremonies

Sarah Ruhl

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573705328

The Oldest Boyis a richly emotional journey filled with music, dance, puppetry, ritual, and laughter — Sarah Ruhl at her imaginative best. A meditation on attachment and unconditional love, the play asks us to believe in a world in which sometimes the youngest children are also the oldest and wisest teachers.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Any North American city with a large Tibetan community; for instance, New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Toronto, Chicago, Berkeley, or Seattle

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Puppetry

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

In this moving exploration of parenthood, an American mother and a Tibetan father have a three-year-old son believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama. When a Tibetan lama and a monk come to their home unexpectedly, asking to take their child away for a life of spiritual training in India, the parents must make a life-altering choice that will test their strength, their marriage, and their hearts.

The Oldest Boy is a richly emotional journey filled with music, dance, puppetry, ritual, and laughter — Sarah Ruhl at her imaginative best. A meditation on attachment and unconditional love, the play asks us to believe in a world in which sometimes the youngest children are also the oldest and wisest teachers.

REVIEWS 

" Ms. Ruhl's drama is among the most easily accesible from this poetic, venturesome playwright...yet it is marked by Ms. Ruhl’s inquisitive intelligence, clean-lined eloquence and spiky humor." - The New York Times, Read More 

"...gorgeous fluidity in the writing...Ruhl uses her beguiling storytelling skills, including a porous fourth wall and elements of ceremonial dance, music and singing, to make the mother's struggle a dramatically cogent one." - Hollywood Reporter, Read More 

"Sweet and spirit-filled...Ruhl uses the stage to explore unexpected places and ideas." - Star Tribune, Read More


Check out these photos from Lincoln Center Theatre's production of The Oldest Boy in December 2014.


The Oldest Boy premiered in New York City at the Lincoln Center Theatre in December 2014 under the director of Rebecca Taichman.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

MOTHER - white, mid-thirties to mid-forties
A MONK - Tibetan, age immaterial
A LAMA - Tibetan, age immaterial
THE OLDEST BOY - older than the lama, speaks for and moves the puppet, Tibetan
FATHER - Tibetan mid-thirties to mid-forties
Videos
  • The Oldest Boy at the Lincoln Center Theatre

  • The Oldest Boy at Marin Theatre Company

  • Scene from Unicorn Theatre's The Oldest Boy

Author
Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at ... view full profile

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