Nyle DiMarco joins Hal Luftig as producer on Children of a Lesser God
Deaf activist, model, and actor Nyle DiMarco joins the producing team of the upcoming Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God at Studio 54.
Producer Hal Luftig has announced that deaf activist, model and actor Nyle DiMarco has joined the creative team of the upcoming Broadway revival of Mark Medoff's 1980 Tony Award-winning "Best Play" Children of a Lesser God. Mr. DiMarco rose to fame as the first deaf winner of The CW's "America's Next Top Model: Guys & Girls" and subsequently won season 22 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars". His screen credits include "Switched at Birth," "Beyond Inclusion," and "Difficult People," and he is also known for his work as a spokesperson for LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids).
Hal Luftig released the following statement: “We are so grateful to have Nyle as a producer on this Play. He will have an integral role in the creative process working with Kenny Leon, and the overall production of Children of a Lesser God, offering a fresh perspective in the room and valuable input in the execution.”
Mr. DiMarco added: “I am so thrilled to join this talented group of producers on a project that is incredibly important and personal to me. The opportunity to be involved in the creative process of such a spectacular Broadway show is a challenge I am excited to conquer.”
Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, Children of a Lesser God will begin previews at Studio 54 on March 22, 2018, before an official opening on April 11 and an open-ended engagement.
Synopsis: "Children of a Lesser God tells the story of James Leeds, a new teacher at a school for the deaf, and Sarah Norman, the school’s one-time star student who has stayed behind as its cleaning woman rather than venturing out into the hearing world. James immediately takes a keen interest in Sarah, and tries to persuade her to communicate orally by lip reading. They soon embark on an emotional journey that will teach them both new ways of communicating and loving and, in the process, they build a romance beyond words."
The cast of Children of a Lesser God includes TV favorite Joshua Jackson and co-star Lauren Ridloff (who will both be making their Broadway debuts as James Leeds and Sarah Norman, respectively), alongside Drama Desk Award nominee Kecia Lewis (as Mrs. Norman), Julee Cerda (as Edna Klein), Treshelle Edmond (as Lydia), Anthony Edwards (as Mr. Franklin), and John McGinty (as Orin Dennis).
The creative team features scenic design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane, costume design by Dede Ayite, and lighting design by Tony Award nominee Mike Baldassari.
This new production was first mounted on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage during Berkshire Theater Group’s 2017 Summer Season, garnering wide critical acclaim and shattering box office records. The BTG production ran from June 22 through to July 22 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
The first staging of Children of a Lesser God on Broadway took place in 1980 and earned three Tony Awards, including "Best Play," as well as two Tonys for its leading actors Phyllis Frelich and John Rubinstein. It ran for more than two years and went on to be adapted for the silver screen, earning five Academy Award nominations and winning Marlee Matlin an Oscar for "Best Actress" in 1987. Ms. Frelich and Ms. Matlin remain the only deaf actresses to have ever won the Tony Award and Academy Award, respectively, for leading roles.
Joshua Jackson previously made his off-Broadway debut in the Second Stage Theater's 2016 production of 'Smart People.' He is perhaps best known for his TV roles as Cole Lockhart on "The Affair," as Peter Bishop on "Fringe," and as Pacey Witter on "Dawson's Creek." Other notable screen credits include "Cruel Intentions," "Urban Legend" and the "Mighty Ducks" franchise.
Children of a Lesser God Tickets are available now for performances from March 22 through to September 9, 2018.