The Oldest Boy: A Benefit Reading
A NATIONWIDE ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT
Play by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Bi Jean Ngo
Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7PM
Lantern Theater Company joins theaters across the country in presenting a one night only reading of The Oldest Boy by playwright Sarah Ruhl (Stage Kiss, Passion Play), a benefit to raise awareness and support the Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund of the Tibet Fund.
The Oldest Boy follows an American mother whose young son is believed to be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist lama. When Tibetan monks arrive unexpectedly, asking to take her child away for a life of spiritual training in India, she and her Tibetan husband must make a life-altering choice that will test their faith – and their hearts. The Hollywood Reporter praised Sarah Ruhl's play as "an extraordinary story with playful humor and unstinting compassion" and Newsday called it "bewitching, ingenious, and seriously moving."
About Sarah Ruhl
In addition to The Oldest Boy, Sarah Ruhl's plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for Best New Play); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center); Dead Man's Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award); Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando; Demeter in the City (NAACP nomination); Late: a cowboy song; and most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. visit website
About the Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal. With more than 20,000 Tibetan refugees and hundreds of thousands of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners living along the Himalayan Buddhist Belt in Nepal, the Tibet Fund established the Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund to ensure that resources reach those most affected by the quake. This effort brings urgently needed supplies and assistance to survivors and coordinates long-term efforts to rebuild communities. visit website
About the Tibet Fund
The Tibet Fund's mission is to preserve the distinct cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people. Since 1981, under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Tibet Fund has been the primary funding organization for health care, education, refugee rehabilitation, religious and cultural preservation, elder care, and community and economic development programs serving more than 140,000 Tibetan refugees living in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. visit website
The Oldest Boy production photo by T. Charles Erickson, courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater
Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.