The Oldest Boy Reading

STARTS 4/25/2016 Goodman Theatre's Owen Theatre
7:30pm Free; reservations are recommended



One Night Only: Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy, Benefitting the Tibet Fund

Monday, April 25
7:30pm | Owen Theatre
FREE | Reservations recommended, donations to the Tibet Fund suggested

The Goodman will join theaters across the country in presenting a one-night only reading of The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl (Stage Kiss, Passion Play, The Clean House), a benefit to raise awareness and support the Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund of the Tibet Fund. In lieu of the price of a ticket, the Goodman encourages audiences to consider a donation of any amount; details appear below

The Oldest Boy follows an American mother whose young son is believed to be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist Lama. When Tibetan monks arrive requesting 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. A meditation on attachment and unconditional love, the play asks us to believe in a world in which the youngest children are sometimes the oldest and wisest teachers.

Polly Noonan directs a cast featuring Christine Albright, Anish Jethmalani, Lisa Tejero, Daniel Smith, Rammel Chan and Mia Park, with music performed by Lobsang Yangphel and Zega Noryang.

A discussion of the play’s themes and issues will follow the reading, moderated by Goodman Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer and featuring the reading’s director and representatives from Chicago’s Tibetan community.

About the Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, taking a huge toll on human life and property. With more than 20,000 Tibetan refugees and hundreds of thousands of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners living along the Himalayan Buddhist Belt in Nepal, the Tibet Fund established the Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund to ensure that resources reach those most affected by the quake. This effort brings urgently needed supplies and assistance to survivors and coordinates long-term efforts to rebuild communities.

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About the Tibet Fund

The Tibet Fund’s mission is to preserve the distinct cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people. Since 1981, under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Tibet Fund has been the primary funding organization for health care, education, refugee rehabilitation, religious and cultural preservation, elder care and community and economic development programs serving more than 140,000 Tibetan refugees living in India, Nepal and Bhutan.

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