THE OLDEST BOY Benefit for Nepal
A consortium of organizations came together to inspire a nationwide effort, including Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, Central Square Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Irondale Ensemble Project, Lantern Theater Company with support from the Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists, Miami Theater Center, Cornerstone Theater Company, the MFA in Playwriting Program at Brown University in collaboration with the URI Center for Nonviolence and Trinity Repertory Company, Shaking the Tree Theatre and Soulpepper Theatre Company. Each theater held readings of The Oldest Boy, with the proceeds of the nationwide event going to the Tibet Fund’s Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund. Companies producing full productions of the play in 2015-16 (including Marin Theatre Company, Unicorn Theater, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Jungle Theater) also participated in the awareness and fundraising effort.
"I am so moved by how theaters are coming together to support a relief effort in Nepal. The news cycle is so terribly short, and so many people are still suffering in that part of the world.” explains Pulitzer prize finalist and Tony award nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl. “I’m so happy The Oldest Boy can be a very small part of reaching out to Tibetans affected by the earthquake in Nepal, and so grateful to the participating theaters for their generosity."
Read Sarah's interview about the benefit in American Theatre Magazine: Instant Karma: How The Oldest Boy Is Paying Back Its Source.
Read Sarah's article in Howlround: "Is Theatre Helpful (or some things I learned from rehearsing The Oldest Boy).
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, taking a huge toll on human life and property. With over 3,700 confirmed dead, and the number continuing to rise, rescue efforts are still under way. Currently, there are more than 20,000 Tibetan refugees and hundreds of thousands of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners living along the Himalayan Buddhist Belt in Nepal. The rebuilding process will be a monumental task requiring financial support for years to come. The Tibet Fund has established an Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund to ensure that resources reach those most affected by the quake, bringing urgently needed supplies and assistance to survivors and coordinating long-term efforts to rebuild communities. Read more at
In New York City, The Oldest Boy was presented at The Irondale Center on Monday, April 25, 2016. Melissa Crespo directed a cast featuring Tsering Dorjee, Celia Keenan-Bolger, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider and James Yaegashi.