Sanaz Toossi

Sanaz Toossi

Sanaz Toossi is an Iranian-American playwright from Orange County, CA. She holds an MFA in playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received the John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting. Her short play BABA KARAM was read at the Atlantic Theater, where she is the recipient of the Launch commission. Her plays are also being developed at South Coast Repertory and IAMA. Her play ENGLISH...
Sanaz Toossi is an Iranian-American playwright from Orange County, CA. She holds an MFA in playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received the John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting. Her short play BABA KARAM was read at the Atlantic Theater, where she is the recipient of the Launch commission. Her plays are also being developed at South Coast Repertory and IAMA. Her play ENGLISH was read as a part of Roundabout Underground’s 2019 reading series. She is a member of EST/Youngblood and the Clubbed Thumb early career writers’ group and is the P73 2019 Playwriting Fellow. Sanaz is a proud child of Iranian immigrants and explores the narratives of immigrants-before-they-were-immigrants.

Plays

  • Wish You Were Here
    It’s 1978 and protests are breaking out all across Iran, encroaching on this suburb where a tight-knit circle of friends plan weddings, trade dirty jokes, and struggle to uphold a sense of normalcy. But as the revolution escalates, each woman is forced either to join the wave of emigration or face an equally uncertain future at home. With breathtaking humanity and cutting wit, Wish You Were Here chronicles a...
    It’s 1978 and protests are breaking out all across Iran, encroaching on this suburb where a tight-knit circle of friends plan weddings, trade dirty jokes, and struggle to uphold a sense of normalcy. But as the revolution escalates, each woman is forced either to join the wave of emigration or face an equally uncertain future at home. With breathtaking humanity and cutting wit, Wish You Were Here chronicles a decade of life during war, as best friends forever become friends long lost, scattered, and searching for home.
  • English
    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.

Recommended by Sanaz Toossi

  • Mingus
    15 Jun. 2020
    This play is so good— always a step ahead of you, deeply engaging, so elegant in construction and content. I find something new every time I read it. Love this play.
  • Patty
    9 Nov. 2019
    A hilarious and insightful play about belief, myth and who gets to have faith. Love this play!