Bozeman Actors Theatre stages “The Language Archive”

On Stage

Core members of BAT are Will Dickerson,
Dee Dee Van Zyl, Colter Langan, Cara Wilde
and Dan Erickson. (Photo by Ashley Stevick)

Bozeman Actors Theatre (BAT) presents “The Language Archive” by Julia Cho, Oct. 16-25 at MSU’s Black Box Theater in Bozeman. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at the theater on the corner of 11th and Grant streets on the MSU campus.

Celebrating six seasons of presenting professional theatre on various local stages and bolstered by the success of last year’s “August: Osage County,” Actors Theatre of Montana changed its name to Bozeman Actors Theatre and is now a nonprofit corporation with a goal of creating a permanent theatrical home in Bozeman.

“The Language Archive,” directed by BAT member Will Dickerson, features company members Dee Dee Van Zyl, Cara Wilder, Dan Erickson and Tom Morris. Claire McGinty rounds out the cast, with sound design by company member Colter Langan.

Called “a quirky, but ravishingly well-written piece that is smart, funny, deep and tender” (OC Weekly), the play tells the story of George, a linguist consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures who, paradoxically, can’t seem to communicate with his own wife.

At turns comical and poignant, the play is an eloquent, whimsical discourse on love. “The gulf between what’s said and what isn’t is rarely described and traversed with as much power as it is here … passionate … wise and wonderful” writes Talkin’ Broadway.

The production opens with a special preview-night gala fundraiser and reception for BAT at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Black Box Theater. Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be offered, along with introductory remarks by local YPR personality Chrysti the Wordsmith. Preview audiences will also enjoy a reception with the cast following the performance. Tickets are $30.

Prices for regular performances $10-$15; order online at or call 406-580-0374 for details.