The Silent Language

By Miodrag Stanisavljevic

Translated by Zoran Paunovic

Directed by Jacqueline Stone

Chicago - April 19 - June 9 2013 - TUTA
(US Premiere)


Ironjaw Hag/Ensemble : Jaimelyn Gray
Mocking Witch/Ensemble : Angela Bullard
Boogeyman/Ensemble : Sean Ewert
Sorceress/Ensemble : Laurie Larson
Pour Gasho : Maxwell Lotspeich
Elf/Ensemble : Aaron Lawson
Princess/Ensemble : Carolyn Molloy


Original Music & Music Direction : Wain Parham
Scenic Design : Michelle Lilly
Costume Design : Branimira Ivanova
Lighting Design : Keith Parham
Sound Design : Joe Court
Property Design : Oliver Todd
Dramaturge : Milan Pribisic
Stage Management : Allison Raynes
Artistic Director : Jacqueline Stone


"★★★★...Critic's Choice"

"The Silent Language will remind you of when you were young enough for fairytales, when wonder and danger could be found in a backyard, and maybe you could even hear the blades of grass.  The strong physicality and comittment of the performers to each role makes every encounter a delight."

-Timeout Chicago (Full Review)


"Highly Recommended"

"...director Jacqueline Stone amps up the charm, packing her production with beguiling touches: fascinating masks (Kirk Anderson) and thirft shop costumes (Branimira Ivanova), not to mention an ensemble that plays well together and knows how to convey both the darkness and the light of this rich tale."

-Chicago Reader (Full Review)


"The Silent Language might just be the show for an offbeat family outing.  Stone's staging in the cozy TUTA space pours on the charm."  

-Chicago Tribune (Full Review)


"TUTA is the very definition of innovative international work, and they are a must-see within the Chicago theater scene, particularly with this enchanting produciton.  I fell in love with TUTA and this show over and over again...a must see"

-Storefront City (Full Review)


"★★★1/2...TUTA elevates this straightforward story with a cast full of energy and some of the most imaginative staging I've ever seen.  Wain Parham's music makes you want to join the cast onstage in a dance.  The Silent Language provides exceptional sensory delight for children and adults alike.  All in all, TUTA provides an experience you can't get anywhere else."

-Chicago Theatre Beat (Full Review)


"...seriously, don't miss this one.  The U.S. TUTA's first foray into performances intended for younger audiences.  And it's spot on.  The Silent Language is a show that adults will truly love as well."

-Lollygag Blog (Full Review)


"The ensemble is boisterous and speedy, switching between characters backstage in a manner that truly gives the illusion of a much larger cast.  TUTA has transformed its Studio Theatre into a bohemian tent with patterned fabrics...Is there any better landscape for a Serbian folktale?"

-Newcity (Full Review)


"I applaud [TUTA] for taking the adventurous road to bringing something different to our city."

-Around The Town Chicago (Full Review

TUTA is partially supported by Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, The Light A City Fund, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, City Arts I and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.