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Piven Theatre Workshop's 2014 Season

The Language Archive

By Julia Cho Directed by Polly Noonan Chicago Premiere

George is a linguist who has devoted his life to preserving dying languages, while he and his wife Mary struggle to communicate. His assistant Emma yearns to express her love for him, while an elderly couple who are the last to speak their language threaten its extinction by refusing to speak to one other. Piven alumna Polly Noonan makes her Piven directorial debut with Julia Cho’s elegant and poignant story about how we find the words to speak the language of love.

Previews: February 20 & 21 | Run Dates: February 22-March 23

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By Anton Chekhov Adapted by Sheldon Patinkin Directed by Joyce Piven

Ivanov is a compelling tale of loss and the insatiable struggle to regain one's former glory. A member of the Russian elite, Ivanov is in debt and sinking fast. Complicating matters, he has lost his love for his dying wife and has become possessed by passion for a younger woman. Will this Chekhovian Hamlet breach the boundaries of reason and lose his willingness to be?

Piven is delighted to welcome back director Joyce Piven with her stunningly re-imagined look at one of Anton Chekhov’s rarely staged, yet most pertinent dramas

Previews: May 29 & 30 | Run Dates: May 31 – June 29

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Performances: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm

Tickets range from $15-35