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    "... an elegant, graceful confection of a play." 
    Directed by Jessica Burgess
    February 16 — March 10, 2012
    Winner of the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
    George is a brilliant linguist, consumed with preserving and documenting dying languages. But at home, he cannot find the words that will preserve his disintegrating marriage. His archival assistant is mute with adoration for him; and his newest subjects, an elderly couple who are the last speakers of an obscure language, refuse to utter a word to one another. A magically inventive comedy, The Language Archive asks whether love is a universal language or, like Esperanto, just a well-intentioned dream.
    Featuring: Mitchell Hébert (director of Forum's upcoming The Illusion), Nanna Ingvarsson (Angels in America, One Flea Spare), Kerri RambowKatie Atkinson (The Skriker, Antigone), and Edward Christian

    What the critics are saying:

    "The cast is quite wonderful, particularly Mitchell Hébert, whose work you should see whenever possible, and Kerri Rambow, who in many ways stole the show."


    "... a respected company that can and does play in the big leagues."
    - The Pink Line Project
    "... a roller coaster of up and down moments, heightened hilarity and heart-wrenching sorrow,
    all coming together in this unique production."
    "... an intense study in language and communication with all the right laughs and moments to cry."
    - Maryland Theatre Guide
    "... show that indulges in fanciful whimsy to convey realities about relationships."
    "Robbie Hayes is the ingenious set designer."
    - Washington City Paper



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    Julia Cho’s plays include, The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. She has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2004. Her work has been produced at the Vineyard Theatre, The Public, South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, East West Players, Theatre @ Boston Court, and Silk Road Theatre Project, among others. Honors include the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists, and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Durango was also named one of the Top 10 Plays of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly and one of the Best of 2007 by the The L.A. Times. She is an alumna of the Juilliard School and NYU’s Graduate Dramatic Writing Program.