The Language Archive

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:00pm

On May 5, Harlequin Productions opens The Language Archive by Julia Cho at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. This inventive and whimsical play looks at the way language may complicate love and the expression of feeling may find its ultimate form in the scent of baking bread. The show runs until May 28. Tickets are available online at, or over the phone at (360)786-0151.

George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. He is immersed in words but tongue-tied when his wife, Mary, announces that she is leaving him. Broken hearted, he turns to his current project: researching a dying language as spoken by an aged couple who are the last surviving speakers. Instead he finds them arguing in English over his claim on an airplane's window seat and her cooking. Meanwhile, George's assistant, Emma, has fallen in love with him but cannot find the words to express it in a way that he can hear. The Language Archive explores the way that words may stifle communication and how profound and incomprehensible feelings look for shapes that may not fit an archive.

     WHO:       Harlequin Productions

     WHAT:      The Language Archive, a romantic dramedy by Julia Cho

     WHEN:      May 5-28, 2016; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

     WHERE:     The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501

     PRICE:        General: $34, Senior/Military: $31, Student/Youth: $20

$15 Rush Tickets available at Box Office 30 minutes prior to curtain

     SPECIALS:      Pay What You Can Night: May 11, Ladies’ Night Out: May 13, Pride Night: May 20, Post-show                                    Talkback: May 15

     TICKETS:        Tickets and info available at or by calling 360/786-0151

     RATING:         Some strong language – best for teens and up