Rebecca Taichman, who also directed Ruhl's Stage Kiss at Playwrights Horizons, as well as Dead Man's Cell Phone and The Clean House, will direct the play. Keenan-Bolger, seen on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher and Spelling Bee, will portray the child's mother.
The production will officially open Nov. 3.
The cast will also feature Ernest Abuba (Pacific Overtures), Joel de la Fuente (Hold These Truths), Tsering Dorjee ("Himalaya"), Takemi Kitamura (Gekiryu), James Saito (Flower Drum Song), Jon Norman Schneider (The Architecture of Becoming) and Nami Yamamoto (Headless Wolf).
According to LCT, "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."
Ruhl's plays also include In The Next Room, or the vibrator play; Passion Play, a cycle; Melancholy Play; Orlando; Dear Elizabeth; and Late: a cowboy song.
Visit LCT. The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater is located at 150 West 65th Street.