Stepping Out

'Language' launches TheatreWorks' season

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Linguist George (Jomar Tagatac) is so focused on preserving dying languages that he fails to communicate with his wife, Mary (Elena Wright), in “The Language Archive,” a comedy presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley today through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley marks the start of its 50th season with “The Language Archive,” scheduled to run today through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Written by award-winning playwright Julia Cho, “Language” is a comedy about a linguist fighting for the preservation of near-extinct languages as he struggles to maintain his relationships at home. The play received the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Women Playwrights.

Jeffrey Lo directs. He helmed TheatreWorks’ last two productions of “The Santaland Diaries.” Also a playwright, Lo has won the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, the Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley and the Theatre Bay Area Director’s Titan Award.

The cast features actors and actresses who have previously appeared on Broadway and television programs, including Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Jomar Tagatac, Elena Wright and Adrienne Kaori Walters.

TheatreWorks veterans Jue and Kuroda star as Resten and Alta, a couple who are the last speakers of a dying language. Tagatac makes his TheatreWorks debut as George, a linguist committed to preserving dying languages.

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays (after this week), 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Today and Thursday’s shows are previews; Friday is opening night.

Tickets are $30-$100.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit

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