Children of a Lesser God

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The acclaimed Berkshire Theater Group revival of Mark Medoff's 1980 Tony Award-winning "Best Play" Children of a Lesser God transfers to Broadway under the helm of Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.

TV favorite Joshua Jackson, known for his recurring roles on shows such as "The Affair", "Fringe", and  "Dawson's Creek", reprises his performance as James Leeds, alongside co-star Lauren Ridloff as Sarah Norman. Both actors are making their Broadway debuts in the production, which began performances at Broadway's Studio 54 on March 22, 2018.

With supertitles and closed captioning at every performance, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at select performances, this production is perhaps the most accessible show in Broadway history and is shedding light on the non-hearing world - a demographic of society that receives sadly too little media attention. Kenny Leon's interpretation is a highly-stylized piece with minimalistic set pieces, surrounded by doorways and tree-trunks, bathed in cold and clinical lighting. The warmth of the piece is solely emitted through the intensity of the interactions between James Leeds and Sarah Norman, and with the latter's relationship with her mother, which evolves from estrangement to redemption. The text also highlights the deaf person's ability to enjoy music on a couple of occasions (through sensitivity to vibrations) and Mr. Leon has taken that opportunity to delve into his own collection of favorite artists to supply a soundtrack to Children of a Lesser God, beginning with Stevie Wonder.

For hearing members of the audience, the play is an intriguing insight into the non-hearing world, especially in its consideration of how members of the deaf community relate to each other and if they desire to be a part of the hearing world or shut themselves away from it. For non-hearing members of the audience, Children of a Lesser God is a rare opportunity of total inclusion, where their trials, tribulations and triumphs stand rightfully in the limelight.

Children of a Lesser God also has a lasting legacy thanks to its original Broadway premiere and subsequent 1986 film adaptation. Deaf actors Phyllis Frelich and Marlee Matlin remain the only deaf actresses to have ever won the Tony Award and Academy Award, respectively, for leading roles.

(Photos by Matthew Murphy)

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Running time: 
2hrs 35mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Children of a Lesser God:

A love story. Beyond words. Sometimes, a fleeting glance or a subtle touch can speak volumes. Children of a Lesser God returns to Broadway in a brand new production that proves once more that love has a language all its own. In an age where texts and tweets make it seem like the whole world is talking at once, this timeless play about the art of communication explores what it's really like to not be heard or understood. One of the most celebrated American plays of the late twentieth century, Children of a Lesser God tackles the complexities of human connection and communication with insight, wit, and unyielding compassion.

Mark Medoff
Hal Luftig and Nyle DiMarco
Kenny Leon
Mike Baldassari
Derek McLane
Dede Ayite
Cast list:
Joshua Jackson (as James Leeds), Lauren Ridloff (as Sarah Norman), 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)
Children of a Lesser God Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 22, 2018
Opening date: 
April 11, 2018
May 27, 2018

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Studio 54

254 West 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
7th Avenue
Seating Plan:

Latest Children of a Lesser God News & Features

Interview with Children of a Lesser God star Lauren Ridloff
April 13, 2018

With such a mesmerizing and commanding stage presence, it is hard to believe not only that newcomer Lauren Ridloff's star turn as Sarah Norman in Tony Award winner Kenny Leon's revival of Children of a Lesser God is not only her Broadway debut, but also one of her first professional acting credits. Ms. Ridloff, who was born deaf, steals the show at Studio 54 with an expressiveness that is as vulnerable as it is alluring.

Lauren Ridloff & Joshua Jackson
NYTG at the Official Opening of Children of a Lesser God on Broadway
April 12, 2018

Last night the New York Theatre Guide was invited to the official opening of the first-ever Broadway revival of Mark Medoff's 1980 Tony Award-winning Best Play Children of a Lesser God. The production proved a big hit as it premiered on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage during Berkshire Theater Group’s 2017 summer season in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, shattering box office records. A Broadway transfer resulted and Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon's new interpretation of the once groundbreaking drama now finds itself playing to inclusive crowds at the iconic Studio 54.

Our Children of a Lesser God Review

Children of A Lesser God by Mark Medoff opens on Broadway in a revival directed by Kenny Leon and starring Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff. It is the story of a speech therapist at a school for the deaf who falls in love with a young woman, a former student at the school who has now retreated into its corridors staying on as house cleaner. She, Sarah Norman (played by the exquisite Lauren... Read more