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Communication takes more than language

Photo Courtesy Mathew Kolsky

Boise State student actors showed audience members a lesson with their production of Julia Cho’s The Language Archive: just because two people speak the same language doesn’t mean they understand each other.” Students said they got the message.
Viewers followed the story lines of linguist George played by Jon Waters and his wife Mary played by Caitlin Susen struggling to communicate when they haven’t been able to for years.
Emma, played by Laurel Elise Curtis was trying to figure out how to tell George she is in love with him and Alta, played by Megan Choate, and her husband Resten, played by Alaggio Laurino, bickered and fought without much thought of preserving their dying language.
“I liked it a lot,” said Kollin Walker, junior public health science major. “The actors were really talented. They told good stories and showed communication and relationships are about emotions and feelings, not just words. Special moments make true language. That’s what I took away from it.”
Students said they enjoyed the acting and stage set-up of the production.
The characters Alta and Resten were said to be favorites with their comedic bickering and meaningful story-telling about language and love.
Students also said they liked the rotating platform, which provided seven different scenes and added complex scene changes to the production.
“I’ve been to a few Boise State plays and this one was very different with a lot of stage and character changes,” said Ben Serrano, sophomore pre-nursing major. “The others were just one stage and same characters. It was challenging for the actors. I definitely liked it.”
As the play comes to the conclusion, Alta and Resten have stopped arguing, Emma has decided to tell George she loves him, and Mary has really left this time.
George is forced to watch his life change in ways he never imagined nor wanted, all because he could never find the right words.
Walker said he was glad he came to the production and will probably attend more plays in the future.
“This was my first BSU play,” Walker said. “Theater is a good tradition and I’m glad BSU embraces it.”
While serious in concept, The Language Archive was entertaining to watch.
With elements of comedy sprinkled throughout the plot, audience members sighed and awed, laughed and gasped as the actors performed  the importance of communication and how it affects every relationship.