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Mountainfilm in Telluride and SquidShow Theatre present War of the Words, a Murder Trial, Endangered Languages vs. English at the Mason's Hall, 9:15 p.m.

After bringing Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History to life last year, SquidShow Theatre is excited to pair up with Mountainfilm for the second year in a row, this time creating an original play based on the festival's theme of extinction.

“David Holbrooke approached us about creating an original play, as he wanted to incorporate theatre and live performance in this year’s festival again," said Sasha Cunniniello. "After a few conversations about what we would write about, he mentioned language extinction. After doing some research, the choice was made. Being a writer, I was blown away by the subject, the impact it is having on our world and the future of language.”

Cucciniello tapped fellow writer Reilly Capps to tackle this huge subject and co-write the play with her. What they came up with is informative, funny and pure SquidShow. "I hate to see languages die," Capps said. "You never know when you're going to run out of English, and need to borrow from somewhere else." 

Linguists say that half the world's languages will be extinct by the year 2100. So, whodunnit? A special court has been called into session to find out who's guilty of the crime of languicide. Is it globalization? Simple goodwill? Or is it the English language itself? SquidShow's first criminal justice event premieres at the 2010 Mountainfilm Festival—and the audience is the jury.