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

English

by SANAZ TOOSSI
directed by HAMID DEHGHANI

A new play with humor and heart

In Karaj, Iran, educator Marjan, who perfected her English during a nine-year stint in Britain, strictly maintains an English-only method to ensure her four students pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with flying colors. Everyone has varying motivations, accents and enthusiasm as they pursue fluency together — Marjan included, who feels her own proficiency slipping. 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 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Los Angeles Times called it "gently compassionate" and "emotionally enlightening."
  • 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 from homesickness for a place one never knew.
  • Hamid Dehghani is an accomplished Iranian theater director, playwright and actor. According to Dehghani, "stories like English are able to connect nations, connect people and help us see people as humans."

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.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details.

Age recommendation

We recommend this production for ages 12 and up.

Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes (with no intermission)

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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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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