About The Oldest Boy
An American woman and her Tibetan husband make a life together with their three-year-old son. When a monk announces that the couple’s son is the reincarnation of his deceased teacher, a series of heart wrenching events lead the family from the comfort of their lives in the US to the mountains of Dharmsala. At its core, The Oldest Boy is the story of a mother’s struggle to come to terms with her son’s special nature, and how she comes to let him go. Ultimately, this gentle meditation on faith and love speaks to anyone who has been a mother, or a mother’s child.
Interspersed with Tibetan Buddhist ritual and dance and featuring renowned Berkeley-based Tibetan artist Tsering Dorjee Bawa, Marin Theatre Company’s production of The Oldest Boy is the west coast premiere of two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Sarah Ruhl’s latest and perhaps most personal contribution to the American theatre.
“extremely imaginative and hypnotically beautiful… a soothing mystical vision beyond all human understanding.”