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Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
Full Length Play
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
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Asian issues, Love, Parenting/Family, Religion, Women's Issues
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre
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.
" 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.
Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The Oldest Boy at the Lincoln Center Theatre
The Oldest Boy at Marin Theatre Company
Scene from Unicorn Theatre's The Oldest Boy
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next
Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss. She has been a two-time Pulitzer prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by ... view full profile
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