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Lincoln Center Theater Announces Casting for THE OLDEST BOY





A New Play by SARAH RUHL



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Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Producing Artistic Director, André Bishop) has announced that Ernest Abuba, Joel de la Fuente, Tsering Dorjee, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Takemi Kitamura, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, and Nami Yamamoto will comprise the cast of its upcoming production of Sarah Ruhl’s new play THE OLDEST BOY.   The play, to be directed by Rebecca Taichman, will begin previews Thursday, October 9 and open on Monday, November 3 in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).

THE OLDEST BOY tells the story of Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman (to be played by Celia Keenan-Bolger) and a Tibetan man (Joel de la Fuente) 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 KissPassion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award);  Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Melancholy PlayOrlando;  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.

This fall, Lincoln Center Theater is co-producing the Broadway premiere Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced, directed by Kimberly Senior,  beginning Saturday, September 27 at the Lyceum Theatre, and the LCT3 production of brownsville song (b-side for tray), a new play by Kimber Lee, directed by Patricia McGregor, beginning Saturday, October 4 at the Claire Tow Theater.  Later this season LCT will produce Bathsheba Doran’s new play The Mystery of Love and Sex, directed by Sam Gold, beginning Thursday, February 5 and a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher, beginning Thursday, March 12 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.  The second LCT3 production of the season, Verité, a new play by Nick Jones, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, begins performances Saturday, January 31 at the Claire Tow Theater.

Tickets to  THE OLDEST BOY, priced at $77 and $87, will be available beginning Monday, September 15 at the Lincoln Center Theater box office (150 West 65 Street) and beginning Sunday, September 14 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


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ERNEST ABUBA Broadway: Pacific OverturesThe King and I (National Tour), ShimadaZoya’s ApartmentLoose Ends. Off-Broadway: Yellow Fever (Obie), Teahouse of the August MoonShogun MacbethThree Sisters (Pan Asian Rep.); Leir RexMishimaCaucasian 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 MonkeysKing of New YorkArticle 99ApostasyHamletCall MeForever Lulu. TV: New York UndercoverNew York NewsKung Fu: The Legend ContinuesThe Bill Cosby Show,CounterstrikeLovingAll My ChildrenEdge of NightSearch For TomorrowAs the World Turns.

JOEL de la FUENTE Theater: Hold These Truths (Epic Theater Ensemble); A NumberOthello (National Asian American Theatre Co.); The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); I Have Been to HiroshimaMon Amour(Women’s Project); Round and Round (2g); Cowboy v. Samurai (Rattlestick Theater); Ivanov (Mint Theater);  Beatrice & Benedict (With NY Philharmonic); The Square (Public Theater);  A Winter’s Tale (Williamstown Theatre Festival);  The Peony Pavilion (International); Two Gentlemen of Verona, All’s Well That Ends Well (NY Shakespeare Festival); America Dreaming (Vineyard Theatre); Wonderland (La Jolla Playhouse).  Film:Adjustment BureauBrief ReunionForgetting the GirlThe GreatestThe HappeningTaking ChanceGoodbye BabyThe HeightsFrom Other WorldsPersonal VelocityReturn to ParadiseRoommates.  TV: Hemlock Grove,Law & Order: SVUHawaii Five-0

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  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 AlongA Small FireBacheloretteSaved,KindertransportLittle FishSummer 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: SundowningMariachi GringoEducation of Max Bickford. TV: Nurse JackieHeartlandLaw & Order.

TAKEMI KITAMURA  Theater:  GekiryuThe Infinite SpiritScattered LivesOwn ~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 MineWrestling MovieJump On MeNo 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); Idola howling flowerthe 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-BellesBrink! (Wendy Osserman Dance Company); Out of SpaceWorkers Dancers StoriesTracesThe Living Room Projectdance all day (Sondra Loaring); Remap (Anita Cheng Dance Co.).

JAMES SAITO   Broadway: Flower Drum SongGolden ChildThe 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 SecretaryHawaii Five-OPerson of InterestBlue Bloods30 RockEli StoneNew York UndercoverThird WatchOne Life to LiveStar Trek Voyager100 Centre StreetLaw & Order: Criminal IntentLaw & OrderStrangers with CandyMiami Vice.

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: VeepThe Electric Company30 RockLaw & Order: Criminal Intent.

NAMI YAMAMOTO Dance Performance Works: Headless Wolfa howling flowerthe last word was PAPIREPOSEin/Flux5.7.5FreedumbWan dollah?H(a)iMy 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.