The Silent Language



"★★★★...Critic's Choice" -Timeout Chicago

"Highly Recommended" - Chicago Reader

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The Silent Language, a U.S. premiere, by Serbian playwright Miodrag Stanisavljevic, translated by Zoran Paunovic, is a highly musical and darkly comedic fairy tale. Written in the 1981, The Silent Language is an adaptation of an old Serbian folk tale originally called Nemusti Jezik.  It follows the journey of a young village servant named Poor Gasho as he gains the ability to understand the "the silent language."   As defined in this story, it is the language that only animals can speak and understand.  On a larger scale, the script also speaks to the things we see and hear in everyday life, but fail to recognize due to our inabilities to listen and focus on details.  

Stanisavljevic's structure is exciting and risky, marking a departure from the typical "alls-well-that-ends well" fairy tale structure.  It's very open and at times, exposes the harsh realities of both good and evil.  A large forest provides a backdrop for countless discoveries, facing your fears, and finding secrets in unexpected places.

The Silent Language will mark two big milestones at TUTA.  It will be the U.S. premiere of a rarely produced Serbian play and it will mark the directorial debut at TUTA of their newly appointed Artistic Director, Jacqueline Stone.  Stone, a co-founder and longtime company member, brings a wealth of experience and a unique understanding of TUTA's mission and desire to bring innovative international works to American audiences.  The Silent Language is an ensemble piece, and will draw upon the long tradition and commitment TUTA has to working with its company members.  It's musical in both form and content, and there will be a continued exploration of TUTA's commitment to original and rearranged forms of music.  

The Silent Language will show at TUTA Studio Theatre, 2010 W. Fulton Avenue, from April 19 to June 9, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 4pm (no 8pm show Saturday, May 4, Saturday June 1, or Friday, June 7).  There is an additional 8pm show on Sunday, June 2nd.  Preview performances are Thursday, April 11, to Thursday, April 18. Opening press nights are Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.  Spots are "Pay-what-you-can" for previews and a suggested donation of $25 for adults and $15 for industry/students/children under 18 for the regular performances.  Spots are extremely limited, and reservations are highly recommended.  To reserve spots to The Silent Language:  Call 1-800-838-3006 (24 Hours) or visit

This production is generously supported by the Albert Pick Jr. Fund.