The Oldest Boy Extends through October 11

September 22, 2015


Extended Production Dates: September 10 – October 11, 2015
Opening Night: September 15, 2015

Bold, beautiful tale of maternal love and Tibetan monks extends!

MILL VALLEY, CA—Marin Theatre Company’s 49th Season opener, the West Coast premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy, is now extending through Sunday October 11th based on popular demand. The story surrounds an American woman and her Tibetan husband making a life together in the United States with their son, who has just turned three. When two monks arrive on their doorstep with the revelation that the toddler may be a reincarnated lama, the ultimate test of a mother’s love may be her ability to let him go. Interspersed with Tibetan Buddhist ritual and dance and featuring renowned Berkeley-based Tibetan artist Tsering Dorjee Bawa, the play is as powerful as it is beautiful.

More about The Oldest Boy and Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl’s 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); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes award); Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando; Demeter in the City (NAACP nomination), and most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. Her work has been frequently produced in the Bay Area, including numerous productions at Berkeley Rep.

A recipient of the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize , a 2006 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and the 2008 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for Playwright in Mid-Career , Sarah Ruhl "aspires to reclaim the audience’s atrophied imagination… Her plays are bold. Her nonlinear form of realism is full of astonishments, surprises and mysteries." (The New Yorker).

"Curiously compelling and expertly sculpted." - Rob Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“A lovely, touching and sometimes funny tale.” - Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal

"Heartwarming and unique, like a mindful meditation." - Woody Weingarten, Marinscope

Performing Arts | Theater

The Oldest Boy | West Coast Premiere

Marin Theatre Company
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jessica Thebus
Featuring Christine Albright, Kurt Uy, Tsering Dorjee (Bawa), Wayne Lee, Jed Parsario, Melvign Badiola, Jinn S Kim


Sept 10 - Oct 11, 2015
Opening Night: Tuesday, Sept 15

Performance Days
New! All Evening Shows at 7:30 pm: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun
Matinees: Sun 9/27, 10/4 & 10/11, 2:00 pm | Sat 10/3 & 10/10, 2:00 pm | Thu 9/24, 1:00 pm

Extension Performance Dates & Times

Tuesday 10/6 at 7:30pm
Wednesday 10/7 at 7:30pm
Thursday 10/8 at 7:30pm
Friday 10/9 at 7:30pm
Saturday 10/10 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday 10/11 at 7:30pm

Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

When two Tibetan Buddhist monks unexpectedly appear on an American woman’s doorstep, she invites them into her home assuming that they are there to see her husband, a Tibetan immigrant and respected chef. However, with the revelation that they are there to see her toddler, who may be a reincarnated lama, the woman is faced with a mother’s greatest fantasy and worst nightmare – her child may be preternaturally special, but she may be separated from him far too soon.

"An emotional tsunami, an extraordinary story from a singular voice in American theater."
The Hollywood Reporter

Running Time: Two hours

Ticket Prices

Discounts for seniors, youth, groups, military families and Marin County teachers are available. Contact the Box Office for more details.


  • After Words: Join a member of MTC’s artistic staff (often with one or more members of the cast) for a Q&A talk back after every performance, except Saturday evenings and Opening and Closing Nights
  • Perspectives pre-show topical lecture: Thu, 9/24, 12:00 p.m.
  • New! MTC After Hours. Following the Saturday 9/26 at 7:30pm performance, join members of the audience and cast in the lobby to continue the conversation. Featuring a live jazz trio and drink specials.

New! Marin Theatre Company is proud to partner with the Theatre Development Fund's Open Captioning Initiative to provide open captioned performances of each of the plays in our mainstage series on the Thursday matinee. The open captioned performance for The Oldest Boy will be Thursday, 9/24, at 1:00pm.

For visually impaired patrons, Large Print playbills are available with one week’s advance notice. To request a Large Print playbill, call MTC’s Box Office, (415) 388-5208, or use the California Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing “711.” For hearing impaired patrons, amplified sound

Assistive Listening Devices are available.

CONTACT | (415) 388-5208 |

Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area’s premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season focused on new American plays, and a four-show Family Series. We are committed to the development and production of new plays, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards and readings and workshops by the nation’s best emerging and established playwrights. Our numerous education programs serve more than 8,500 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year. MTC strives to create intimate, powerful and emotional experiences that engage audiences to discuss new ideas and adopt a broader point of view. We believe in taking risks and inspiring people to participate in live theater, regardless of personal means. MTC celebrates the intellectual curiosity of our community, and we believe that theater is an important tool to help build empathy. MTC was founded in 1966 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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