The Language Archive Speaks Volumes About Love

By Paula Lopuch

Did you know that there are over 6,500 languages in the world, and that one of them dies every two weeks? George, the head of the language archive lab, is passionately committed to documenting those on the verge of extinction. He views the death of a language as being more momentous than the death of a person. It is therefore ironic that this linguistic master cannot manage to communicate or understand the needs of others, especially when it comes to love. In fact, all the characters in the play face the same challenges to communicate at the end of something monumental—a life, a marriage, a language—but also at the beginning of something.


The Language Archive
Tue, Wed, and Thu, Feb 17, 18 and 19, 7:30pm
Playreaders Theater
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
20 pesos
152 0387

The Language Archive by Julia Cho is a poignant, profound, magical, quirky, haunting, and bitter-sweet comedy of the heart which explores the intersections of language, love, and loss, how language works and doesn’t work. It captures the sense of what happens when communication fails and asks the questions: How do we truly communicate with someone how much we love them? If we have lost the ability to communicate, is it too late to learn a new language that can better express our feelings? After all, doesn’t every relationship have its own language?

Our excellent cast consists of Michael and Jill Gottlieb, Phoebe Grayson, Susan Rushton, and Henry Vermillion. Directed by Paula Lopuch, with lights and sound by Don Nieglos, the play runs next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Playreaders Theater, St Paul’s church.

You’ll not want to miss this modern parable, a meditation on communication, love, loss, and food as it represents love.

Tickets will be sold at the door at 6:45pm each evening on a first come, first serve basis. All ticket holders must be present when the doors open at 7pm or their seat may be resold. The play will begin at 7:30pm or when the house is filled.


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