ESL (English as a Second Language) is a new play for Zoom that tells the story of seven people from different cultural backgrounds taking an online language class together. When a homework assignment gets personal, the class erupts into a polyphonous debate on the limits of language and storytelling when it comes to conveying individual experiences of migration. Using the naturalistic setting of the online classroom, and drawing from its cast members' personal experiences, the play asks: How do we learn about things? How do we teach people history?
ESL is a collaborative piece of digital theater created by a group of Princeton students, alumni, and staff, as part of an online performance and pedagogy project funded by The Princeton Humanities Council.
This webinar event will feature a 25-minute screening of the play followed by a short Q&A with the cast and crew.