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It's 2009, and four Iranians assemble triweekly in a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) class in Karaj, Iran led by anglophile Marjan, who abolishes Farsi from her classroom. As the class slowly devolves into a linguistic mess, some students cling tighter to their mother tongues while others embrace the possibilities of a new language. As the students translate Shakira songs and endure major...
It's 2009, and four Iranians assemble triweekly in a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) class in Karaj, Iran led by anglophile Marjan, who abolishes Farsi from her classroom. As the class slowly devolves into a linguistic mess, some students cling tighter to their mother tongues while others embrace the possibilities of a new language. As the students translate Shakira songs and endure major preposition confusion, we are left with questions of how to be funny in another language and what we lose before the migration takes place.
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  • Tylie Shider:
    16 Jul. 2019
    In English, Sanaz baits us with humor, and nobody is let off the hook.
  • Diana Burbano:
    27 Dec. 2018
    Unlike her characters Sanaz has an elegant and assured use of language; She know what she wants to say, and teases out the way to say it. I especially appreciate the fierce "unlikeability" of her female characters. Their flaws make them such full, complete characters. Also, in writing on the Iranian experience, Sanaz is helping to fill a huge gap in the American Theatre. Great roles for women of color. Looking forward to much more to come from this intelligent young playwright.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    19 Dec. 2018
    Really loved this play and how it looks at the relationship between one's language and identity. A story that is not heard very often but one that needs to be.

Development History

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    Roundabout Theatre
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    2019