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James Yaegashi, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ernest Abuba, Tsering Dorjee, Takemi Kitamura, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider in Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at LCT; Opens November 3

James Saito, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

James Saito, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Producing Artistic Director, André Bishop) is presenting Sarah Ruhl’s new play THE OLDEST BOY. Helmed by Rebecca Taichman, THE OLDEST BOY, featuring Ernest Abuba (The Oldest Boy), Tsering Dorjee (Chorus), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Mother), Takemi Kitamura (Chorus), James Saito (A Lama), Jon Norman Schneider (A Monk), James Yaegashi (Father) and Nami Yamamoto (Chorus), began previews Thursday, October 9 and will open on Monday, November 3 in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 West 65 Street, in New York.

Celia Keenan-Bolger, James Yaegashi. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Celia Keenan-Bolger, James Yaegashi. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

THE OLDEST BOY tells the story of Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and a Tibetan man (James Yaegashi) who is recognized as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Differing cultures contend with competing ideas of faith and love when two monks seek permission to take Tenzin to a monastery in India to begin his training as a spiritual master. His parents must decide whether to send their young son away or keep him home.

THE OLDEST BOY will have sets by Mimi Lien, costumes by Anita Yavich, lighting by Japhy Weideman, sound by Darron L West, choreography by Barney O’Hanlon, and puppetry design/direction by Matt Acheson.

SARAH RUHL returns to Lincoln Center Theater where her plays The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) and In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist) had their New York premieres. Her other plays include Stage Kiss; Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award); Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Melancholy Play; Orlando; Dear Elizabeth; and Late: a cowboy song (Piven Theatre Workshop). Her plays have been produced across the country as well as internationally, and have been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German, French, Swedish, and Arabic.

REBECCA TAICHMAN directed the LCT3 production of Kirsten Greenidge’s The Luck of the Irish. She directed the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone and productions of her plays The Clean House, Orlando and, most recently at Playwrights Horizons, Stage Kiss. Her other Off-Broadway credits include Marie Antoinette, Milk Like Sugar, The Scene, and Menopausal Gentleman (Special Citation Obie Award/world premiere). She directed the operas Dark Sisters, music by Nico Muhly, libretto by Stephen Karam (world premiere) and Orpheus by Telemann at New York City Opera.

Tickets to THE OLDEST BOY, priced at $77 and $87, can be purchased at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street) and at, or by visiting A limited number of tickets priced at $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit

Ernest Abuba

Ernest Abuba

ERNEST ABUBA Broadway: Pacific Overtures, The King and I (National Tour), Shimada, Zoya’s Apartment, Loose Ends. Off-Broadway: Yellow Fever (Obie), Teahouse of the August Moon, Shogun Macbeth, Three Sisters (Pan Asian Rep.); Leir Rex, Mishima, Caucasian Chalk Circle (LA MaMa E.T.C.); Prometheus (Guggenheim Theater), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (National Asian American Theatre Co.); Chang Fragments (NYSF); Pacific Overtures (Promenade Theater). Film: 12 Monkeys, King of New York, Article 99, Apostasy, Hamlet, Call Me, Forever Lulu. TV: “New York Undercover,” “New York News,” “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,” “The Bill Cosby Show,” “Counterstrike,” “Loving,” “All My Children,” “Edge of Night,” “Search For Tomorrow,” “As the World Turns.”

TSERING DORJEE Film includes Himalaya. Music: co-created the original soundtrack for the 2009 Emmy Award Winning documentary The Woman of Tibet – A quiet Revolution with composer Michael Beckar. Education: Masters in Tibetan Performing Arts, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (Dharamsala, India).

Celia Keenan Bolger

Celia Keenan-Bolger

CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony and Drama Desk nomination/also off-Broadway), Les Miserables (Drama Desk nomination), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk, Theatre World awards; Tony Award nomination/also Off-Broadway). Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, A Small Fire, Bachelorette, Saved, Kindertransport, Little Fish, Summer of ’42. Regional: The Glass Menagerie (American Repertory Theater), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street Theatre), Creating Claire (George Street Playhouse), Peter and the Starcatcher (La Jolla Playhouse), The Light in the Piazza (The Goodman Theatre), Sweeney Todd (The Kennedy Center), Our Town (The Intiman Theatre), The Crucible (Trueblood Theatre). Film: Sundowning, Mariachi Gringo, Education of Max Bickford. TV: “Nurse Jackie,” “Heartland,” “Law & Order”.

TAKEMI KITAMURA Theater: Gekiryu, The Infinite Spirit, Scattered Lives, Own ~power of the emblem~, The Red Shadow (Samurai Sword Soul); Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon (Big Red Media); Theater of The Reflecting Pool (Maryam Habibian). Opera: The Indian Queen. Film: Father of Mine, Wrestling Movie, Jump On Me, No One. Puppetry includes 69°S (Phantom Limb Company); Stravinsky’s Firebird (Little Orchestra Company); Ko’olau (Tom Lee); The Golden Legend, The Portuguese Site (Christopher Williams); Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Stephen Earnhart); White Elephant (Lake Simons & John Dayer). Dance: ½ life (The Body Carthography Project); Yessified (Sally Silvers); Idol, a howling flower, the last word was PAPIREPOSE (Nami Yamamoto); Gateless Gate: Women of the Scarred Earth (Peggy Choy); Whole Sky (Risa Jaroslow and Dancers); Glingo Manbo, Tectonica and Her Terre-Belles, Brink! (Wendy Osserman Dance Company); Out of Space, Workers Dancers Stories, Traces, The Living Room Project, dance all day (Sondra Loaring); Remap (Anita Cheng Dance Co.).

James Saito

James Saito

JAMES SAITO Broadway: Flower Drum Song, Golden Child, The King and I. Other Theater: My Fair Lady (Arena Stage), Durango (Obie, NY Public Theater/Long Wharf), BFE (Playwrights Horizons/Long Wharf), Pacific Overtures (Alliance Theatre/Cincinnati Playhouse), Golden Child (Seattle Rep), The Waiting Room (Vineyard/Arena Stage/Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Wash (Mark Taper Forum), Rashomon (Roundabout Theatre). Film: Life of Pi, Robot Stories, Love the Hard Way, Pearl Harbor, The Thomas Crown Affair, Henry Fool, Home Alone 3, Devil’s Advocate, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, The Hunted, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. TV: “Too Big to Fail,” “Shogun/Heroes & Villains,” “Guests of the Emperor,” “To Be the Best,” “C.A.T. Squad,” “War and Remembrance,” “Blood and Orchids,” “Madam Secretary,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock,” “Eli Stone,” “New York Undercover,” “Third Watch,” “One Life to Live,” “Star Trek Voyager,” “100 Centre Street,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order,” “Strangers with Candy,” “Miami Vice”.

Jon Norman Schneider

Jon Norman Schneider

JON NORMAN SCHNEIDER NY Theatre: The Architecture of Becoming (The Women’s Project), Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Repertory), Durango (Public Theater), House of No More (PS 122, Big Art Group, NY Premiere), Life Science (Theatre 54, Bulldog Theatrical), To Eat Bitter (Blue Heron Arts Center), Rewind: Soundtrack for Longing (NY Theatre Workshop), Now and Then… (Dancespace/St. Mark’s Church), A Map of Virtue (13P). London: Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre). Film: The Girl in the Book, The Normals, Angel Rodriguez, Zombie Town, Hiding Divya, Porcelain. TV: “Veep,” “The Electric Company,” “30 Rock,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”.

NAMI YAMAMOTO Dance Performance Works: Headless Wolf, a howling flower, the last word was PAPIREPOSE, in/Flux, 5.7.5, Freedumb, Wan dollah?, H(a)i, My Backyard. Recipient of several awards and grants including the Parent/Choreographer Grant from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, a Choreographic Fellowship from Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, and a Creative Capital Grant. Education: MA, Dance and Dance Education, NYU; BA, Physical Education, Ehime University.

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