Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Final Week to see James Yaegashi, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ernest Abuba, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider and Tsering Dorjee in Sarah Ruhl’s “The Oldest Boy” in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at LCT; closes Dec. 28

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

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

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

It is the final week to see Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s new play THE OLDEST BOY, helmed by Rebecca Taichman, featuring James Yaegashi (Father), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Mother), Ernest Abuba (The Oldest Boy), James Saito (A Lama), Jon Norman Schneider (A Monk), Tsering Dorjee (Chorus), Takemi Kitamura (Chorus), and Nami Yamamoto (Chorus). The production began previews on Thursday, October 9, and has performances through December 28, 2014, in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 West 65 Street, in New York.

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.

Takemi Kitamura, James Saito, Nami Yamamoto, Celia Keenan-Bolger, James Yaegashi, Jon Norman Schneider, Ernest Abuba and Tsering Dorjee backstage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York on December 16, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Takemi Kitamura, James Saito, Nami Yamamoto, Celia Keenan-Bolger, James Yaegashi, Jon Norman Schneider, Ernest Abuba and Tsering Dorjee backstage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York on December 16, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

THE OLDEST BOY has 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.

Performance Schedule:
12/22 Monday @ 8:00 PM
12/23 Tuesday @ 8:00 PM
12/24 Wednesday @ 2:00 PM
12/26 Friday @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/27 Saturday @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/28 Sunday @ 3:00 PM

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 telecharge.com, or by visiting www.lct.org. 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 LincTix.org.

Jon Norman Schneider, James Saito, Lia Chang, Ernest Abuba, James Yaegashi and Tsering Dorjee backstage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York on December 16, 2014. Photo by GK

Jon Norman Schneider, James Saito, Lia Chang, Ernest Abuba, James Yaegashi and Tsering Dorjee backstage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York on December 16, 2014. Photo by GK

Ernest Abuba and Lia Chang backstage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York on December 16, 2014. Photo by GK

Ernest Abuba and Lia Chang backstage at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York on December 16, 2014. Photo by GK

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