Written & Performed by Evan Brenner
Directed by John C. Reilly

PROGRAM: The life of the Buddha in his own words – the evolution of his thought, his triumphs, and the rarely portrayed tragedy at the end of his life – all told from the original texts.

After playing in Boston and Los Angeles to sold out houses & rave reviews, the show is now touring select cities in its unplugged form — just the actor and the audience. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience it at its most raw and intimate.

The man we know as the Buddha lived in Northern India around 500BC and introduced the teaching known as Buddhism. Approximately 300 years after his death, an extensive oral history of the movement was written down, carried and copied throughout Asia, and this canon is became the taproot of the entire Buddhist tradition. Framed in a most unusual and personal context, Buddha – Triumph & Tragedy brings to the stage these authentic texts to enact the extraordinary life of the man, start to finish.

The Buddha considered his own life a model for all our struggles saying, “He who knows me, knows the Dharma.” It’s no dry tale — The Buddha’s life stands among the great archetypal adventure stories.

70 minutes with no intermission.

Contact: TheBuddhaPlay@Gmail.com to book the show or subscribe to the email list.

Purchase the footnoted script here!



“Enchanting, poignant, revealing, compelling—I loved it!” Terry Byrne, The Boston Globe

“Superb…Enlightening…GO!.” Lovell Estell, III The LA Weekly

“Full of boisterous inner fury…He delivers the material as if floating on an invisible cloud.” The LA Times

“Wonderfully entertaining, and a subject for introspection and conversation…” Buzzine

“These selections from Buddhist texts show the Buddha to be a complex, flawed and very mortal individual. After all, this is a man who abandoned his wife and newborn son, who in his ascetic fervor took to eating his own excrement, and who was unable to prevent a slaughter in his homeland. It makes the Buddha’s choices, failures, and frustrations feel human and recognizable. It’s riveting!” Jenna Scherer, Boston Herald

“I was astonished…lively, moving, remarkably contemporary.” Bhikku Bodhi, Author of In Buddha’s Words


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