Out of Pocket Productions


Out of Pocket Productions is excited to announce auditions for Julia Cho's romantic comedy "The Language Archive," to be directed by Jeff Siuda. The production will be staged at the MuCCC.

Audition will be held at St. Mark's and St. John's Episcopal Church, 1245 Culver Road, Rochester, on Monday, February 8th at 7 PM. Callbacks will be held at the same time/location on Tuesday, February 9th, IF NECESSARY.

Auditions will consists of cold readings from the script. All auditioners should be familiar with the play, if possible. A digital copy of the play is available; please request by emailing jsiuda@mcquaid.org. All other questions should be directed to this email address as well.

REHEARSAL PERIOD: Mid April to May 20, 2016
TECH SCHEDULE: May 21 to May 26, 2016
PRODUCTION DATES: May 27 to June 4, 2016 (NO performance on Sunday, May 29; TWO performances on Saturday, June 4).

Please find below a brief plot synopsis as well as descriptions of available roles:


This romantic-comedy in the spirit of magical-realist writers like Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story of George, a world-renowned linguist and head of the prestigious Language Archive. So consumed is George with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures that he is unable to see that his wife, Mary, is planning on leaving him, or that his long-time lab assistant, Emma, is desperately in love with him. In addition, his professional life is upended when he learns that the last two surviving speakers of Elloway, reputed to be the world's most beautiful language and soon to be recorded for the Archive, are currently giving each other the silent treatment. Throw in a mysterious baker, an intimidating language tutor, and the founder of the universal language Esperanto, and what you have is a hilarious and moving theatrical fable about what we really mean when we say "I love you."

2 Men, 3 Women

GEORGE: The head of The Language Archive. A brilliant workaholic, lost when it comes to the world of emotions. Age: 30-50.

RESTAN: An elderly citizen of the country of Ellowan. Has been married to ALTA for decades but causes a crisis in their relationship when he reveals that he has never liked her cooking. Age: 55-75.

MARY: GEORGE's long-suffering wife. She is prepared to leave him and go on a grand adventure of her own. Age: 30-50.

EMMA: GEORGE'S long-suffering lab assistant. She is secretly in love with GEORGE and is currently being tutored in Esperanto in order to get closer to him. Age: 20-35

ALTAL RESTAN's wife. She is angry with her husband following comments about her famous stew. Age: 55-75.

NOTE: The actors playing ALTA and RESTAN will be playing multiple other roles and should expect to utilize several different accents.
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