Stepping Out

'Language' leaves Sunday

Alessandra Mello/Special to the Town Crier
George (Jomar Tagatac) fails to communicate with his wife Mary (Elena Wright) in “The Language Archive,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 50th-season opener, “The Language Archive,” is set to close Sunday 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 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. today, 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $30-$100.

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

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