Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy Set for Regional Premiere
Jungle Theater artistic director Sarah Rasmussen helms the production.
The play, from playwright Sarah Ruhl, is the story of 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.
Christina Baldwin stars alongside Randy Reyes, Eric "Pogi" Sumangil, Masanari Kawahara, Tsering Dorjee Bawa, and Yeshi Samdup. Sarah Rasmussen directs.
Rasmussen, who helmed the 2012 Ivey Award-winning Jungle production of Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), said, "We are so honored to bring this poetic play to our stage. Sarah Ruhl is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Tony Award nominee and the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant. This 'play in three ceremonies' reinforces the Sarah Ruhl pedigree, at the same time, gives audiences a completely different theatrical experience."
The creative team includes Sonya Berlovitz (costume design), Sean Healey (sound design), Mina Kinukawa (scenic design), Karin Olson (light design) and Katherine Pardue (assistant director).
Performances run through December 18.