The world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy is heading to Lincoln Center. Under the direction of Rebecca Taichman, the off-Broadway play will begin previews on October 16 prior to a November 10 opening at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Casting will be announced for at a later date.
In The Oldest Boy, Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman and a Tibetan man, is recognized as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Differing cultures contend with competing ideas of faith and love when two monks seek permission to take Tenzin to a monastery in India to begin his training as a spiritual master. His parents must decide whether to send their young son away or keep him home.
Two of Ruhl’s previous works, The Clean House and In The Next Room, or the vibrator play received their New York premieres with Lincoln Center Theater. Her additional plays include Stage Kiss, Passion Play, a cycle, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play, Orlando, Dear Elizabeth and Late: a cowboy song.
The Oldest Boy will feature sets by Mimi Lien, costumes by Anita Yavich, lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound by Darron L. West.