Children of a Lesser God, an adaptation of Medoff’s Tony Award–winning stage play of the same name, arrived in theaters in 1986. The romantic drama, about a deaf student and her teacher, received five Academy Award nominations, including Marlee Matlin’s win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Til this day, Matlin remains the only deaf Academy Award recipient in any category and the youngest actress to receive the award. She was only 21-years-old at the time.
A revival of the play is heading to Broadway this spring with Nyle DiMarco involved. Sadly, the 28-year-old model and deaf activist is not appearing on stage but staying behind the scenes producing.
“We are so grateful to have Nyle as a producer on this play,” fellow producer Hal Luftig said in a statement. “He will have an integral role in the creative process and production of Children of a Lesser God, offering a fresh perspective in the room and valuable input in the process.”
The breathtaking new revival of this landmark play stars Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Lauren Ridloff (Wonderstruck) and Anthony Edwards (ER). Jesse Green of The New York Times calls it “thrilling! Joshua Jackson is a revelation in a tour de force role, and Lauren Ridloff is sensational.”
The show will start preview performances on March 22 at Studio 54, with opening night on April 11. Check out the trailer for the theatrical adaptation below featuring Matlin and William Hurt.
Children Of A Lesser God (1986) Movie Trailer