The Oldest Boy (Paperback)
A Play in Three Ceremonies
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374535872, 160pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
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.
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Praise For The Oldest Boy: A Play in Three Ceremonies…
“Gorgeous . . . Extremely imaginative and hypnotically beautiful.” —Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“[An] emotional tsunami . . . An extraordinary story [from] a singular new voice in American theater.” —David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“Ms. Ruhl’s drama [The Oldest Boy] is among the most easily accessible from this poetic, venturesome playwright . . . It is marked by Ms. Ruhl’s inquisitive intelligence, clean-lined eloquence and spiky humor.” —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“Bewitching, ingenious and seriously moving.” —Linda Winer, Newsday