Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, will present the New Jersey premiere of Julia Cho's Off-Broadway hit, The Language Archive. This comedy of the heart explores the mysterious language of love, which often fails when it is needed most. Recently produced at both the Roundabout in New York and South Coast Rep in California, The Language Archive plays January 25 through February 10.
This winner of the 2010 Blackburn Prize weaves together the stories of five people in the throes of love, from the durable to the disappointing to the unrequited. George is an archivist of dying languages, collecting recordings from their last remaining native speakers. His wife Mary, however, is in despair over his inability to express his love for her in any language. Emma, an assistant at the archive, has secretly been in love with George for years, but can't find the words to tell him. Meanwhile, Alta and Resten, a married couple flown in to make a recording of their fading language, are fighting and refuse to speak to each other. It becomes clear that speaking and truly communicating are often two entirely different things. "A quirky but ravishingly well-written piece that is smart, funny, deep and tender," wrote OC Weekly.
Dreamcatcher's production of The Language Archive features Resident Acting Company members Nicole Callender (West Orange), Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair), Noreen Farley (Clinton), Scott McGowan (Maplewood), and Janet Sales (Montclair). Laura Ekstrand (Livingston), Artistic Director of the company, directs.
The Language Archive will run at Dreamcatcher from Friday, January 25 through Sunday, February 10. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There will be talkbacks with the artists after the January 27 and February 3 matinee performances. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students, with special rates for subscribers and groups. Purchase tickets online at www.dreamcatcherrep.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Seniors pay only $15 on advance purchases only on Senior Sunday, the January 27 matinee.
Performances are at The Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit. Parking is available in the lot behind the theatre on Ashwood Avenue and at the Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available by prior arrangement. To purchase tickets or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.