The Oldest Boy
A Play in Three CeremoniesBook - 2016 | First edition
An American mother and Tibetan father have a young son believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama; when another lama asks to take him away for a life of spiritual training the parents have to make a life-altering decision.
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.