This weekend marks the final performances of ReAct Theatre’s presentation of A Language of Their Own now showing at Hugo House — that means two more nights for you to support a small Capitol Hill theater group and the LGBT community nonprofits it shares funds with.
The play focuses on the topic of AIDS in the gay community as characters Oscar and Ming separate and begin new relationships.
“I saw a production of [A Language of Their Own] in Seattle back in 1997 which was powerful,” ReAct’s director David Hsieh said. “We decided to produce it not only to do the play justice on stage…. but also… to see how the themes continue to play out, and how many things have changed over the last fifteen years.”
A Language of Their Own, which Hsieh describes as “a classically gay play and a fascinating look at a period of gay history” was written by Chay Yew.
In the interview with Hsieh embedded below, the plays’ director Victor Pappas said, “It’s got intelligence but it’s not intellectually based, it’s heart based. It has a lot of truths, I think it will evoke a lot of human response in the audience.”
Hsieh, who also works at Elliott Bay Book Co. said he started ReAct to celebrate diversity and support gay non-profits via the arts. The theater’s neighborhood connections run deep. Director Pappas is also a Capitol Hill resident.
A Language of Their Own, which started its run April 20th, ends this week with two performances tonight and Saturday at 8p at Richard Hugo House. This production supports the 2012 Run and Walk with Pride Charities, amongst other organizations and non-profits. To find out more, visit reacttheatre.org. You can also check out the interview between Hsieh and Pappas here: