Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy Benefit for Nepal Earthquake Relief at Irondale Ensemble Project in New York—Monday 25 April 2016
You’re invited to join a post-reading discussion with Sarah Ruhl, Geshe Tashi Dorjee, Tenzin Gelek, and President of Tibet Fund Rinchen Dharlo livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 25 April at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 01:00 GMT (Tuesday, April 26). In Twitter use #oldestboybenefit.
Read Sarah Ruhl's HowlRound article Is Theatre Helpful? (or some things I learned from rehearsing The Oldest Boy).
After a critically acclaimed run at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater in 2014, Sarah Ruhl’s play The Oldest Boy is set to be read in ten different cities at ten different theatres beginning on April 25th to raise money as part of a national effort to raise relief funds for the victims of the Nepal earthquake disaster.
For more information on how to participate in the event, or to sponsor your own reading of the play, go here.
The evening will be hosted by the Irondale Ensemble Project in New York City.
A consortium of organizations has come 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, the MFA in Playwriting Program at Brown University in collaboration with the URI Center for Nonviolence and Trinity Repertory Company, Miami Theater Center, Cornerstone Theater Company, Shaking the Tree Theatre, and Soulpepper Theatre Company.
Each theatre will all hold 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) are also set to participate in the awareness and fundraising effort.
Geshe Tashi Dorje was born in Nepal, and attended Sera Mey Monastic University in South India. He received Bikshu (Gelong) Ordination Blessing and his PhD on Buddhism regarding the Five Major Text from H.H The 14th Dalai Lama.
Sarah Ruhl, whose other plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2005; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004). Sarah’s work has been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage Theatre, Lincoln Center, and regionally all over the country. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She is currently on the faculty at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
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