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Language And Romance Collide In The Language Archive

Wednesday-Saturday Dec. 5-8


Though they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, words don't always adequately convey meaning. Sometimes it's a struggle to find the right words for complex emotions, making for strained relationships. Other times, it's words left unspoken that cause cues to go unnoticed, leading to a failure to identify love at all. These and other forms of communication breakdown afflict the subjects of Julia Cho's play, The Language Archive.

The budding thespians of Boise State University's Theatre Majors Association take up the war of words and debut a production of Cho's play running Wednesday, Dec. 5-Saturday, Dec. 8. The four evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Danny Peterson Theatre in the Morrison Center.

A professional linguist, the play's main character, George, struggles to stop the demise of the world's words. He "is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures," according to the TMA website. But while George struggles with his work, communication also fails him at home.

Despite his lingual facility in the field, George fails to find the words to salvage his marriage with Mary, who is ready to leave him. Meanwhile, he fails to see the lovesick writing on the wall scrawled by romantically stricken lab assistant.

The Language Archive is directed by Mathew Kolsky and David Cowan, who lead a cast of their drama-minded peers. Tickets are free for Boise State students and $5 for the public.