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May 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - May 14, 2017 @ 9:00 pm


Under the Bodhi Tree, is the musical adaptation of Prince Siddhartha’s life, his search for enlightenment and his transition into the Buddha.

It has been a 10-year journey for composer Jingoo Lee and his music writing partner, Julie Song, bringing this project to the stage; developing the concept of the story from a concert performance in Korean, to a workshop performance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. It now culminates with the staged production, which transposes the sixth century B.C. Prince, his father King Suddhodana, leader of the Sakya, a large clan in what is now the region of Nepal, and places the story and cast against a current backdrop.

Set in a city park, akin to New York City’s Central Park, where a Bodhi tree has been planted, the legend comes to life.

As he matures, Prince Siddhartha finds himself tormented by age-old issues of the human existence – inequality, fairness, death and the benevolence of a God that would condone the suffering and punishment of those in need. He is haunted by the picture of a poor woman seeking help for her child, who is set upon by his guards. “How can a mother who loves her child and shields him from harm, be considered lowly and less than a soulless animal?,” he asks.

King Suddhodana, Siddhartha’s father, on the other hand, struggles with a different set of issues – those involving a prophesy by a holy man that foretold of a possible second path his son and only heir might take, away from war, conquest and military leadership – a path of enlightenment and spiritual awakening. While the King attempts to keep his son within the palace walls, intrigue and tensions rise to a breaking point.


May 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
May 14, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
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Royal Family Performance Art Space
145 W. 46th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY, 10036
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