Culture Corner


“The Art of Remembering” and “Mountain Language”
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s “Off the Shelf” and the Empathos Company are proud to present an evening of two one-act productions: “The Art of Remembering” by Adina L. Ruskin and “Mountain Language” by Harold Pinter. Both are directed by Chevi Chung.

Family, immigration, memory and language are shared themes in both plays, which seek to confront the past while also raising awareness of contemporary social and political issues. “The Art of Remembering” is about Rebecca, a grieving woman who returns home to bury her father. The character of Rebecca is portrayed by three actors who travel through time and a myriad of memories in a non-linear fashion. “Mountain Language,” set in an unknown prison, examines human rights and expression of words, and is told in a linear narrative.

The evening of staged readings features: Deanna Martinez (Rebecca), Laurice Roberts (Reba), and Deya Ozburn (Becky) in “The Art of Remembering.” Aya Hashiguchi (Elderly Woman), Vaneiya Miller (Young Woman), Brittany D. Henderson (Sergeant), Mariesa Bus (Officer), Emily Cohen (Prisoner), Mark Peterson (Guard), and John Levi III (Hooded Man) in “Mountain Language.” Alana Fineman (stage manager) is on point to read the stage directions for each play.

Tickets for the performance $10 for non-TLT members, and free for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.

About the Empathos Company

The mission of the Empathos Company is to cultivate collaborative storytelling and to bring artists and audiences together in unexpected and inspiring ways. For more information contact: Chevi Chung via, e-mail:, Instagram: @empathoscompany.

TLT’s Off the Shelf

Tacoma Little Theatre knows that there is a tremendous amount of wonderful theatre that deserves to be heard but sometimes just doesn’t get an opportunity. With “Off the Shelf,” local directors and actors will be bringing some scripts to life that we hope you will find entertaining, challenging and educational to our stage. We hope that you’ll sit back and enjoy an evening of theatre. You never know, you might see one of these shows on the TLT mainstage in the future.

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