01/11/23 - 03/12/23


“English Only.” It’s spring, 2009 in Karaj, Iran and four adult students are studying for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the key to their green card, medical school admission, or family reunification. Playing out in awkward lessons of word games and mistranslation, English is both a comedy of miscommunication and a look at the ways speaking a new language can expand your world and change your voice.  A hit in its 2021 New York premiere, Studio presents playwright Sanaz Toossi in her Washington, DC debut.

Show Information

Runtime: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission

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Environment Warnings: This production of English includes loud music and the smoking of two herbal cigarettes.

Please note: ALL performances of English through March 12, 2023 will continue to be “Masks Required” events.

English is generously underwritten by Albert G. Lauber and Craig Hoffman.


April 2024


The Artists


Production Team


Afsoon Pajoufar

Afsoon Pajoufar is a New York based designer of stage and environment for plays, operas, and other live performances. Afsoon’s artistic practice is often focused on the intersection of space and new technologies including XR and live video. Her recent works include Molière’s Dom Juan (Fisher Center at Bard SummerScape 2022), Lady M (HeartBeat Opera), MƆɹNIŊ[MORNING//MOURNING] (PROTOTYPE), Mad Forest (Theatre for a New Audience and Fisher Center at Bard), Word.Sound.Power (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Will You Come With Me (The Play Company), ICONS/IDOLS: IN THE PURPLE ROOM (New Ohio Theatre), s.i.n.s.o.f.u.s (Harvard University), and The Silence (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). She is a proud member of USA829. afsoonpajoufar.com

(As of December 2022) 


Dina El-Aziz

Dina El-Aziz (she/her) is a costume designer and artist based in New York. Her theater credits include Selling Kabul at Seattle Rep; Unseen at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF); When Monica Met Hillary at Miami New Drama; This is Who I Am, a virtual play in collaboration with OSF, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, American Repertory Theater, and PlayCo; 9 Parts of Desire at Portland Center Stage; and King Lear at Northern Stage. NYC credits include Weightless at WP Theater; The Vagrant Trilogy at The Public Theater; Spindle Shuttle Needle at Clubbed Thumb; and Heartland for Geva Theatre Center at 59E59. Dina often collaborates with the Brooklyn-based Target Margin Theater on multi-year projects such as One Night, a nine-hour theatrical event. Her awards include The Heilman and Haver Theatre Award for Best Costume Design in a play. Dina has an MFA in Design for Stage and Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. dinae.me  

(As of December 2022) 


Minjoo Kim

Minjoo Kim is an international lighting designer. Her credits include The Great Leap (Round House Theatre), Twelfth Night (Synetic Theater), Henry V (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company), The Royale (KCRep), The Chief (Pittsburgh Public Theater), A Few Good Men (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream (Sierra Rep), Life Sucks (Cygnet Theatre), One in Two (Diversionary Theatre), Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies (Mile Square Theatre), Qulili (Blindspot Collective). International credits include The Two (The Space Aul), Crimson Girl (Dongsoong Art Center), Die or Not (Seoul Art Space Mullae) in South Korea, and Mask on/off (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre) in China. Her work The Royale was selected for the National Exhibit at Prague Quadrennial in 2023. minjoo-design.com  

(As of December 2022) 


Kenny Neal

Kenny Neal is a Helen Hayes Award recipient (The Royale at Olney Theatre Center/1st Stage) and seven-time Helen Hayes-nominated sound designer, composer and arranger. At Studio, Kenny has designed Straight White Men, Jumpers for Goalposts, and Choir Boy. Other area credits include Dance Nation and Oil (Olney Theatre Center); She A Gem and Digging Up Dessa (The Kennedy Center); The Upstairs Department, Daphne’s Dive, Heisenberg, John, and The Gulf (Signature Theatre); Recent Tragic Events (Prologue Theatre); The Master and Margarita (Constellation Theatre Company); Klytemnestra: An Epic Slam Poem (Theater Alliance); Airness, columbinus, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Well, Floyd Collins, and Bat Boy: The Musical (1st Stage); Agnes of God (Factory 449); Pramkicker and Mom Baby God (Taffety Punk Theatre Company); as well as productions for NextStop Theatre Company, Avant Bard, The Welders, Rorschach Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Adventure Theatre MTC. Kenny has a BA in Music History & Composition from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. 

(As of December 2022) 


Zavier Augustus Lee Taylor

Zavier Augustus Lee Taylor is a multimedia artist and designer with a focus on interactive and impactful video design for live performance. Zavier specializes in the creation of experimental artwork, motion graphics, short films, videography, photo-editing, and interactive media systems. His work has been seen on stages at Studio, The Apollo Theater, Guthrie Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Theater J, The Classical Shakespeare Theatre of Harlem, Arena Stage, and Baltimore Center Stage. Zavier also operates a multimedia production company known as ZALT Productions. ZALT Productions is a creative entity that enables people and businesses to fully realize their potential through design. Zavier is eager to connect with and build a network of creatives locally, nationally, and abroad. Learn more about Zavier and his previous work by searching #ZALTproductions. On social media @zaltproductions (YouTube) @zaltslaw (Instagram) zavier.myportfolio.com

(As of December 2022) 


Rhiannon Sanders

Rhiannon Sanders is a designer, craftsperson, and storyteller from Virginia. This is her first production at Studio since her internship, where she assisted on Wig Out! and Skeleton Crew. Other theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (2020 and 2021); Macbeth; Henry V; All’s Well That Ends Well; Twelfth Night; and Thrive, or What You Will at the American Shakespeare Center. She recently served as Interim Assistant Technical Director on A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by the Folger Shakespeare Library at the National Building Museum. 

(As of December 2022) 


Ana Bayat

Ana Bayat is the award-winning creator of the critically acclaimed multilingual show Mimi’s Suitcase (recipient of the Neda Nobari Foundation Grant in Innovative Arts; nominated for a Freedom of Expression Amnesty International Award at 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe) with over three decades of experience in theatre, film, voiceover, and language/dialect coaching worldwide. Thanks to her multicultural and multilingual upbringing, Ana is fluent in Spanish, UK and US English, French, and Persian, and proficient in German, Italian, and Catalan. An accomplished linguist, Ana coaches actors in feature films, television series, and stage plays. She recently coached Glenn Close in speaking Persian for Tehran (Apple TV+). On social media @theanabayat (Instagram) anabayat.com

(As of December 2022) 


Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel (she/her) is the Literary Director at Studio, where she has dramaturged the world premieres of  John Proctor is the Villain, I Hate it Here, Queen of Basel, No Sisters, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, Red Speedo, Dirt, Lungs, and The History of Kisses, among others, as well as productions of Heroes of the Fourth Turning, The Hot Wing King, White Noise, Tender Age, Flow, Until the Flood, 2.5 Minute Ride, Cry It Out, Translations, Curve of Departure, Wig Out!, Straight White Men, Hedda Gabler, Jumpers for Goalposts, Bad Jews (twice), The Apple Family Cycle, Invisible Man,Sucker Punch, The Golden Dragon, and The New Electric Ballroom, among others. Prior to joining Studio, she spent eight seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she headed the literary department and coordinated project scouting, selection, and development for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is the co-editor of eight anthologies of plays from Actors Theatre and editor of 11 editions of plays through Studio. Adrien-Alice holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.   

(As of December 2022) 


Leigh Robinette

Leigh Robinette makes her Studio Theatre debut. Off Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen. DC credits include Holiday, Change Agent, The Originalist, Dear Evan Hansen, Fiddler on the Roof, and Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Folger Theatre; The Second City's Love, Factually at The Kennedy Center; Love Sick and The Jewish Queen Lear at Theater J; and There’s Always the Hudson, Describe the Night, Gloria, Botticelli in the Fire, Familiar, The Arsonists, and An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She has also worked with the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, MA and the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY.  She is a graduate of Boston University. 

(As of December 2022) 


JZ Casting: Geoff Josselson, CSA & Katja Zarolinski, CSA

JZ Casting Geoff Josselson, CSA and Katja Zarolinski, CSA are New York-based casting directors, handling productions for theater, film, and television. Theatre credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional productions at Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Cape Playhouse, Denver Center, The Irish Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Merrimack Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Round House Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Theaterworks Hartford, Weston Playhouse and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. jz-casting.com. 

(As of December 2022) 


Featured Writing

English is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com