The Language Archive

by Julia Cho

2010 Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

George is a linguist trying to preserve and document dying languages from all over the world. Ironically, he has trouble communicating with his loved ones, including his own wife, Mary. Verbally stifled with her husband, Mary turns to the written word to channel her disappointment in their marriage. The relationship finds its opposite in Resten and Alta, a bickering yet endearing old couple who happen to be the last native speakers of the fictitious language Elloway. As they arrive in the lab, two worlds collide. Their language may be dying, but their relationship is very much alive. At once universal and stunningly modern, The Language Archive raises questions about the role of language across genders, cultures, and time itself.

If you are a logophile, love self-reflexive theater, or don't mind learning a bit about structural linguistic theory along the way, come join our team!
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November 5 at 8:00pm
November 6 at 8:00pm
November 7 at 8:00pm
@ Nick Chapel Theater
Show no longer running
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GeorgeNoah Konkus
MaryDelilah Napier
EmmaEmma Healy
Resten (et al.)Kerry Burke-McCloud
Alta (et al.)Anna Blech
Production Staff
DirectorElaine Zhang
ProducerWissem Gamra
Associate Stage ManagerQianyi Qin
Associate Stage ManagerYupei Guo
Lighting DesignerReed Srere
Costume DesignerEve Romm
Sound DesignerJared Fellows
Sound EngineerLaurence Li
Makeup ArtistDanny Smooke
Graphic DesignerLining Wang
DramaturgStephanie Mao
Diction CoachBorys Kuca
Diction CoachNoah Konkus
Assistant DirectorQianyi Qin
Assistant DirectorAlice Yang
Assistant ProducerSabine Decatur
Assistant Stage ManagerWalter Wilson
Assistant Set DesignerZhirui Guan

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