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July 23, 2013 > Theatre: Third Bare Bones staged reading: "The Language Archive"

Theatre: Third Bare Bones staged reading: "The Language Archive"

Submitted By Bob Miller

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) is excited to announce the third production in the 2013-2014 "Bare Bones" staged reading series: "The Language Archive" by Julia Cho, a poignantly comic play about the nature of love and the limitations of words. The play will have one performance, Tuesday, July 30 at 8 p.m. at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

"The Language Archive" tells the story of George, a linguist who focuses more on saving dying languages than his own languishing marriage. George's subjects in his latest language study are an elderly couple, perhaps the last two speakers of a native tongue. Unfortunately, they're not talking to each other. George's lab assistant carries a torch for him, but he's oblivious. As the play unfolds, unexpected discoveries are made in a whimsical blend of absurdism and sentimental comedy. The playwright has said that this play is about "language as a metaphor for love" and the resulting ability or inability to truly express one's feelings.

"The Language Archive" was commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, and received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California. The play opened at the Roundabout in October 2010, directed by Mark Brokaw. The play's development was supported by the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Centre during a residency at the National Playwrights Conference in 2009.

Born in Los Angeles, Julia Cho is the daughter of Korean immigrants. She has long been fascinated with the concept of dying languages because she felt guilty at not being able to speak Korean, the language her parents speak. She attended Amherst College, UC Berkeley, New York University's Graduate Dramatic Writing Program and the Juilliard School, where she was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow. She is the winner of the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which honors works by female playwrights, for "The Language Archive." While still in graduate school in New York, Cho was invited to have her play "99 Histories" read at the Pacific Playwrights Festival, South Coast Repertory's annual showcase for new works. Thus began an ongoing relationship with South Coast Repertory, which has commissioned and produced five of her plays.

Diahanna Davidson is directing her first Bare Bones staged reading of "The Language Archive" for the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. Her most recent directing credits include "The Christmas Witch" at City Lights Theater Company and "Keep the Yuletide Gay" for Theatre Q. Music also plays a part in Davidson's life; she writes and sings original rock music alongside her husband in their band, Bad with People.

"The Language Archive" is appropriate for ages 15 and up. Tickets are $10 (open seating), and are available through the Box Office at (510) 881-6777 or online at

The Language Archive
Tuesday, July 30
8 p.m.
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10 - open seating

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