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ELLEN AND RAY van der HORST present

ENGLISH

  • By Sanaz Toossi
  • Directed by Kimberly Senior

MARCH 1 – 30, 2025


ROSENTHAL SHELTERHOUSE THEATRE

ABOUT THE SHOW

The 2023 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama takes the Playhouse stage! Four Iranian adults gather in a classroom to learn English with the hopes of passing the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Humor, word games and vulnerability abound as they navigate the mechanics of language and use rom-coms, Shakira and Coca-Cola as cultural touchstones. But as Marjan, their Iranian-born English teacher, abolishes their native tongue from the classroom, questions and conflicts about identity seep slowly into their minds and hearts. Equal parts touching and funny, this new play from Sanaz Toossi offers a revelatory glimpse into the human desire to belong.

ADVISORY

English is recommended for ages 13 and up. As they explore the trials and tribulations of learning a new language, the characters use some strong adult language and discuss themes of prejudice and discrimination.

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