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Enter an Iranian classroom in this profound world premiere play.
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About English

School is in session! Experience the critically acclaimed classroom drama English, winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama now making its Broadway debut after a hit Off-Broadway premiere. Set an alert for English tickets on TodayTix.

Named "among the best plays of the season" by New York Theatre Guide in 2022, English takes audiences inside the the lives and minds of a teacher and four adult students in Iran learning English as a second language. It's an exciting challenge at first — but where does their "English" self end and "Iranian" self begin, or vice versa? Can the languages coexist without making the students feel torn between identities and worlds?

Roundabout Theatre Company and Atlantic Theater Company, who co-produced the award-winning Off-Broadway premiere, bring their celebrated production to the big stage. Set an alert for tickets to English on Broadway now.

Start date

December 1st, 2024

Categories

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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent
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Phil 9070
Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing
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Elisa 9119
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
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Victoria 8155
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
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Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing
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English cast and creative team

By: Sanaz Toossi
Director: Knud Adams
Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company and Atlantic Theater Company
Design: Marsha Ginsberg
Lighting: Reza Behjat
Costume: Enver Chakartash
Sound: Sinan Refik

More information about English

English is a play set entirely inside a single classroom occupied by four adult students in Iran and their teacher: Elham, Goli, Roya, Marjan, and Omid. They are studying to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, better known as the TOEFL. They all believe that learning English is what they need to fill something inside them that's missing. But as they undergo listening, speaking, and writing exercises and games to test their proficiency, they realize that English might actually be causing division between them and their mother tongue.

Toossi's work was first, and last, seen at Atlantic Theater Company in 2018, when she premiered a one-act play at the company's MixFest for Middle Eastern playwrights. She was slated to make her professional debut with her other play Wish You Were Here at the 2020 Williamstown Theatre Festival, but the production was canceled amid the pandemic.

Instead, Atlantic and Roundabout's production of English off Broadway was Toossi's first full-length production. And what a debut it was, winning the Pulitzer alongside an Obie Award for Best New American Play.

What to watch for

  • Toossi and Adams both make their Broadway debuts with English.
  • English received praise before it even premiered! The play received an L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award and was selected for the 2019 Kilroys List, an honor given to new and underproduced plays by non-male writers.
  • The TOEFL is used to evaluate non-native speakers who want to study at English-speaking universities. It's one of two major English-language tests in the world; the other is the International English Language Testing System, or IELTS.
  • Ever take the SAT or ACT in high school? Then you might have an idea of what taking the TOEFL is like. The preparation is just as intense, and the test is just as long — it takes nearly 4 hours to complete!
  • In the same season English premiered, spring 2022, another Toossi play, Wish You Were Here, was also staged for the first time at Playwrights Horizons.

Frequently asked questions

What is English about?

Class is in session on Broadway with the arrival of English, winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Sanaz Toossi's play is set entirely aside an English language-learning classroom, where four adult students and their teacher face the tricky questions of identity that come with learning a new tongue.

How do you get tickets for English?

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