The Language Archive
by Julia Cho
directed by Wynne Chan
August 11 – September 3
Looking to brush up your Esperanto? This summer’s production offers theatergoers a rare chance to learn a phrase or two of that little-used international tongue. The lesson comes from George, a scholar of the dead or dying languages of far-off cultures but at a loss for words in his own time and place, especially the vocabulary of the heart… During the show, George gives the audience a short lesson in Esperanto. He runs through verb tenses for “I love.” His pronunciation is good, his comprehension is not.
Director Wynne Chan is no stranger to the intricacies of language. She grew up speaking Cantonese and English, and while fluent in both, still struggles to translate between the two languages because the cultural context is so different. “‘I love you’ technically exists in both languages, but in Cantonese, it’s a concept, not a phrase you’d directly say to a loved one,” she said. “This play explores communication and language, and how, sometimes, two people who love each other lack the words to tell the other what they need to hear.”
We have a special “pay-what-you-can” performance on Thursday August 17th.
Friday August 25th is a special AAPI (Asian and Pacific Islander) night. All are welcome. We encourage folks with AAPI backgrounds to come see the show and experience it together as a community.
Meet the Cast
Note that the part of George will be played by Will Livingston from August 17th through August 20th.