February 19, 2014
“The Language Archive” by Julia Cho opens at OutCast Productions in the Black Box Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
The play is directed by Ned Farley, who said he hadn’t actually planned on doing this play, but the script surprised him.
“It’s beautifully written, funny and poignant and, for me, captured the sense of what happens when communication fails.”
For a director, it sounds juicy.
George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn’t know what to say to his wife Mary to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn’t recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant Emma has for him.
“It’s estimated that every two weeks a language dies,” George says at one point.
“I don’t know about you, but this statistic moves me far more than any statistics on how many animals die or people die in a given time, in a given place.”
Farley said that through this small group of quirky characters, love gets all kinds of treatment in the communication zone: the silent treatment, the unrequited treatment and the trying-to-communicate treatment.
“What is both sweet and sad about this play is that it shows us both how language can often fail us when we can’t find the right words, as well as how language can be used to create an intimacy that is deeply personal,” the director said.
Whimsy, fantasy, comedy; it’s all here in a play that follows its characters to the edge of their emotional life, whether or not they understand each other.
The cast of “The Language Archive” includes David Mayer, Hollie Swanson, Katie Woodzick, Gail Fleming, Sean Brennan and Jennifer Bondelid.
Set design is by Farley and K. Sandy O’Brien, and was constructed by Lars Larson and Jim Carroll. The lighting is by Alex Wren.
“The Language Archive” will run from Feb. 28 to March 15. Tickets are $18 for adults; $14 for students/seniors (62+).
(Pictured at top, Jennifer Bondelid and Katie Woodzick in “The Language Archive.” / Jim Carroll photo)
Visit www.outcastproductions.net for more information.