Edge of the Wood Theatre
The Language Archive

Pay: Stipend


Edge of the Wood Theatre, located in Chicago's Edgebrook neighborhood on the northwest side, announces auditions for The Language Archive by Julia Cho on Thursday, July 11 from 7-9pm and Saturday, July 13 from 2-5pm. Auditions will be held in the theatre space at the Edgebrook Community Church, 6736 N Loleta Avenue, Chicago.

Synopsis: George, a linguist consumed with preserving languages, can't find the words to tell his wife Mary he loves her. Mary is reduced to leaving cryptic notes for George, right up until she leaves him. Alta and Resten, the last surviving (married) speakers of a dying language have recently stopped talking to each other. And Emma, George's lab assistant learns a whole new language to confess her love for George, but can't bring herself to actually do it. The Language Archive explores the intersection of what we say, feel, and do - amidst language and meaning, living and loving, what's said and what's unsaid - in a funny, moving, and ultimately affirming ode to being human.

Seeking actors age 20s-80s, of all races and ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and body types for the following roles:

GEORGE (male, 30s-50s)
A linguist who has trouble expressing himself in words.

MARY U/S (female, 30s-50s)
A woman who rediscovers herself when she finally leaves her partner GEORGE. A baker. (This role is cast, looking for understudies only.)

ALTA (female, ancient)
and RESTEN (male, ancient)
The married, last-surviving speakers of a lost language that sounds like a bubbling brook. Immeasurably old. Seeking actors of any age, who must be comfortable with dialect work, speaking a made up language, and finding truth in caricature.

EMMA (female, 20s-40s)
GEORGE's lab assistant and fellow linguist. EMMA loves GEORGE. It is unrequited.

INSTRUCTOR (female, 40+)
EMMA's Esperanto teacher. Speaks with a German accent.
No-nonsense and psychologically adept.

MR. BAKER / ENSEMBLE (male, 60+)
Alternately suicidal and hopeful. This actor may also play other small roles and assist with effects and staging.

19th-century, Jewish inventor of Esperanto from Poland. A wise opthamologist. This actor may also play other small roles and assist with effects and staging.

(any gender, any age)
A train conductor. Real or imagined. This actor may also play other small roles and assist with effects and staging.

Pay rate: $200 stipend for principal actors, $100-$150 stipend for ensemble and understudies (with guaranteed performance)

Time Commitment:

First rehearsal is September 23. Rehearsals run Monday-Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The show runs November 8-23 (ten performances).

Material To Prepare:

Prepare a contemporary monologue, no more than one minute. An optional 30-second piece in the dialect of your choice is welcomed. This does not need to be memorized. If possible, bring a picture and resume to the audition.

Contact Info:

To make an audition appointment email headshot/resume to producer John Chambers at info@edgeofthewood.com.

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