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about the show

Simply Exceptional

Barrington Stage Company takes immense pride in bringing the 2023 Pulitzer Prize-winning play English, by Sanaz Toosi, to the stage. This thought-provoking production delves into the lives of four students who, while hailing from the same native language background, come together in an Iranian classroom to prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) proficiency exam. Amid the unique challenge of mastering a new language, their journey unfolds against the backdrop of a single, compelling rule: “English Only!” As they navigate the complexities of language acquisition, English explores the power of communication, connection, and the shared human experience, reflecting the universal struggles and the unique nuances of embracing a new linguistic identity.

Sponsored in part by Jo Ann and Bill Hajjar

The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Fund presents the 2023 Student Matinee Program



FREE Discussion with purchase of a ticket for that night’s performance.

Stick around after the show for a discussion of the play, its themes and its relation to our community; featuring select cast and creative team. Purchase your tickets by clicking the desired date below.

English — October 7 at 8:00pm  |  October 14 at 8:00pm

Deeper Looks


Come learn more about the immigrant experience in our own backyard. This powerful panel discussion will feature an Immigration Lawyer and University of Albany law professor, an ESL tutor at Southern Berkshire Literacy Network, and an Iranian immigrant who has made her life in Pittsfield.

English — October 1 at 11am, Boyd-Quinson Stage

meet our cast

inside the rehearsal room

production shots

Creative Team

a play on words...

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