The Language Archive | May 8 – 31, 2015
By Julia Cho; Directed by Rick Shiomi
By day, George is a brilliant linguist, devoted to recording the disappearing languages of disappearing cultures. By night, he can’t find the words to stop his wife from leaving him. His assistant can’t make him recognize the depth of her feelings for him, and two of the last Ellowans on the planet refuse to speak to each other. A whimsical exploration of the power of connecting, Cho’s play is ultimately a celebration of life, whatever its sorrows. “…a tour de force… passionate, wise and wonderful.” —Talkin’ Broadway
Rick Shiomi – Director
Michael P. Kittel – Lighting Designer
A. Emily Heaney – Costume Designer
Abbee Warmboe – Properties Designer
Joseph Stanley – Set Designer
D’Arcy Smith – Dialect Coach
Charles Fraser* – Stage Manager
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association
Park Square wants your theatergoing experience to be as enjoyable as possible. Following is a list of content within The Language Archive that may be of concern to some members of our audience. Please understand that some information may give away surprises within the story. The information is provided to help you make informed decisions. Keep in mind that the language and themes outlined below, taken out of context, may seem more offensive than they would be within the context of the actual play. If you have any questions about the play’s content, please contact Michael-jon Pease, executive director, at 651.767.8497 or email@example.com.
The Language Archive is suitable for adults and older teenagers. It contains adult language and mature themes.
George is a linguist on a mission to record the world’s disappearing languages. When his wife Mary leaves him, his life begins to fall apart, and it doesn’t help that the last two speakers of Elloway in the world are constantly bickering – in English – about their own marriage. George tries to find the right thing to say to convince his wife to stay, but Mary leaves and opens a bakery. George’s assistant Emma struggles with her own romantic feelings for her boss, before all characters finally find the right words.
The Language Archive contains adult language. There are 7 variations of f*ck, 3 variations of sh*t, one use each of b*tch and *ss.
There is one scene in which there is a glass of liquor.
Two characters kiss.
Other Mature Themes
The play focuses on the disintegration of a marriage, and there are references to family deaths, depression, and suicide.
Running Time (subject to change)
Two hours and ten minutes with one intermission.