The Oldest Boy is a richly emotional journey filled with music, dance, puppetry, ritual, and laughter -- Sarah Ruhl at her imaginative best.
"Ms. Ruhl's drama is among the most easily accessible 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
"...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
"Sweet and spirit-filled... Ruhl uses the stage to explore unexpected places and ideas."Star Tribune
Oldest Boy, The: A Play in Three Ceremonies Script
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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.