“The Language Archive” coming to the Black Box

Bozeman offers some of the finest arts and culture one can find in this massive, rural state. The push for further outreach of the arts to the community will take another step this coming week with a new collaborative production between the MSU Black Box Theatre and the Bozeman Actors Theatre (BAT), sponsored by MSU’s School of Film and Photography. Opening this Thursday at the Black Box, these two theatre companies will be presenting their rendition of “The Language Archive” by award-winning playwright Julia Cho. The play is a comedic drama about language and love, described by the BAT’s Cara Wilder as being told in a “whimsical fairytale sort of way.”

The play follows the reality and subconscious of a talented linguist caught in a sad love of chaotic communication (or the lack thereof). It’s a fantastic piece that will offer a great opportunity for MSU students to see a professional theatre production right here on campus.

Wilder, a professor at MSU, says this isn’t the first collaboration between the two theatres. They put on “The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild” in 2009 at the Black Box back when the BAT was the Actors Theatre of Montana. As the new and nonprofit BAT continues to look for a theater space, this week’s production with the Black Box Theater should spark a new age of theatre culture here at MSU along with the rest of Bozeman.

The cast of “The Language Archive” is a small one, with only five actors in the production. Viewers will be seeing the on stage expertise of company veteran Dee Dee Van Zyl, Dan Erickson (playing the protagonist George), Claire McGinty, Tom Morris (formerly part of the Vigilante Players) and MSU’s Cara Wilder. Bringing along his impressive experience with Montana’s Shakespeare in the Parks is director Will Dickerson. Also, behind the scenes with sound design is company member Colter Langan.

All in all, we can expect a fabulous performance from the Bozeman Actors Theatre’s lineup in this play that is guaranteed to initiate a deep philosophical intrigue in the furthest reaches of all our psyches, paired with the atmospheric lightness that all theatre comedies produce.

The show will be running Oct. 16 – 25, performances starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, along with one Sunday performance at 3 p.m. on the 19th. The Black Box Theater can be found at the corner of 11th and Grant near the Visual Communication Building. Tickets can be purchased at Cactus Records downtown, online at cactusrecords.net, at the First Interstate Bank in the SUB or at the door on performance nights. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students. Open to all, take advantage of the rich arts our community has to offer and check this show out.