The Guthrie Theater, in co-production with Goodman Theatre, presents

English

by SANAZ TOOSSI
directed by HAMID DEHGHANI

An exploration of language and identity

Language educator Marjan maintains a strict “English only” teaching method in her classroom to ensure her four Iranian students pass their English proficiency test with flying colors. Everyone has varying motivations, accents and enthusiasm as they pursue fluency together. After six weeks of trial, error and effort, what they discover about themselves may be the greatest learning curve of all. This Pulitzer Prize-winning new play tenderly explores the realities of the language-learning process and the parts of our identities that are lost and found along the way.

Three things to know

  • English premiered in March 2022 at the Atlantic Theater Company and received the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Fresh off the heels of sold-out performances and an extended run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, this acclaimed new play will transfer to the Guthrie stage.
  • Hailed by the Chicago Reader as “riveting, wrenching, hopeful and bursting with humanity,” English continues to draw rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
  • Sanaz Toossi is an Iranian American playwright who grew up in California as the daughter of immigrants. In her work (and life), Toossi wrestles with the ambiguous loss that comes from leaving one's home or longing for a place one never knew.

Ticket prices

Ticket prices range from $29 to $82.

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Venue info

This production will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

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Age recommendation

We recommend this production for ages 12 and up.

Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 35 minutes (with no intermission)

Content advisory

This production contains mature language and themes.

Accessibility

ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Post-play discussions

Join us after select performances for a 20-minute conversation facilitated by Guthrie staff. Cast members may join the discussion as they are able.

Post-play discussions are supported by Fredrikson & Byron. 

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BIPOC Community Night

Friday, August 9, 5:30 p.m.
Level Nine

Join fellow members of the BIPOC community to celebrate with food, drinks, conversation and music. Following the event, guests will attend the performance of English that evening. Tickets start at $20 with promo code BIPOC.

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Digital program

Want to dig deeper into the story? Download the digital program.

Artists

Cast

Sahar Bibiyan

Roya

Nikki Massoud

Elham

Roxanna Hope Radja

Marjan

Pej Vahdat

Omid

Shadee Vossoughi

Goli

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Creative

Sanaz Toossi

Playwright

Hamid Dehghani

Director

Courtney O'Neill

Scenic Designer

Shahrzad Mazaheri

Costume Designer

Jason Lynch

Lighting Designer

Mikaal Sulaiman

Sound Designer

Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel

Dramaturg

Keely Wolter

Vocal Coach

Lyndsey R. Harter

Stage Manager

Laura Topham

Assistant Stage Manager

Vaneh Assadourian

Dialect Coach

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

Lauren Port

Casting Director

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Videos

From the director

In a recent interview with the Goodman Theatre, English Director Hamid Dehghani explores the impact this Pulitzer Prize-winning play has had on his life and why he believes audiences will love it.

Meet the cast

Meet the cast of English while they are at Goodman Theatre and hear them explore their Persian pride through heartfelt memories and laughs. 

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