Playwright Sarah Ruhl to spearhead national fundraising effort for Nepal earthquake relief with her play The Oldest Boy

Reading Schedule

Irondale Ensemble Project - Monday, April 25th, Brooklyn
The Goodman Theatre - Monday, April 25th, Chicago
Lantern Theatre Company - Monday, April 25th, Philadelphia
Shaking the Tree Theatre - Monday, April 25th, Portland
Miami Theater Center - Monday, April 25th, Miami
Cornerstone Theater Company - Monday, April 25th, Los Angeles
Arena Stage - Tuesday, April 26th, Washington D.C.
Brown University - Tuesday, April 26th, Providence
Central Square Theatre - Monday, May 9th, Boston
Soulpepper Theatre Company - Monday, April 25th & Sunday, May 29th, Toronto


Tickets to readings around the country can be reserved at each participating theater’s website. Click on each company above for more information.

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 at leading regional theaters around the country for the one-year anniversary of the Nepal earthquake, as part of a national effort to raise relief funds for the victims of the disaster. 

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, Shaking the Tree Theatre and Soulpepper Theatre Company. Each theater 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.

"I am so moved by how theaters are coming together to support a relief effort in Nepal. The news cycle is so terribly short, and so many people are still suffering in that part of the world.” explains Pulitzer prize finalist and Tony award nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl.  “I’m so happy The Oldest Boy can be a very small part of reaching out to Tibetans affected by the earthquake in Nepal, and so grateful to the participating theaters for their generosity."

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, taking a huge toll on human life and property.  With over 3,700 confirmed dead, and the number continuing to rise, rescue efforts are still under way.  Currently, there are more than 20,000 Tibetan refugees and hundreds of thousands of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners living along the Himalayan Buddhist Belt in Nepal. The rebuilding process will be a monumental task requiring financial support for years to come.  The Tibet Fund has established an Emergency Earthquake Relief Fund to ensure that resources reach those most affected by the quake, bringing urgently needed supplies and assistance to survivors and coordinating long-term efforts to rebuild communities. Read more at

       In New York City, The Oldest Boy will be presented at The Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn on Monday, April 25, 2016. Melissa Crespo will direct a cast featuring Tsering Dorjee, Celia Keenan-Bolger, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider and James Yaegashi.

The Oldest Boy Benefit is produced by Melissa Crespo. For more information on how to participate in the event, or to sponsor your own reading of the play, contact