Joshua Jackson, star of such TV shows as Fringe and Dawson’s Creek, is set to make his Broadway debut in a revival of Mark Medoff’s play Children of a Lesser God. Also, making her Broadway debut will be Lauren Ridoff. The play will feature direction by Kenny Leon. Children of a Lesser God is set to begin previews on Thursday, March 22, 2018 with opening night set for Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The production will play at Broadway’s Studio 54. Additional casting will be announced in the future.
Children of a Lesser God was a groundbreaking play when it opened on Broadway in 1980. The story concerns a young deaf woman who works as a janitor at a school for the deaf. She is befriended by a new instructor and the pair develop a growing friendship that evolves into a romance, despite the woman’s emotional problems brought about by her strained relationship with her mother. The original production won a Tony Award for Best Play, as well as accolades for its stars John Rubinstein and Phyllis Frelich. In 1986, it was turned into a film starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin. Matlin won an Academy Award for her performance.
Producer Hal Luftig offered, “Despite having more modes of communication at our collective fingertips than ever before, true connection has never seemed so elusive,” Mr. Luftig said. “It has been more than thirty-five years since this play first premiered, and its themes are as resonant today as ever.”
“At its essence, this is a poignant and profound love story,” Mr. Leon added. “Ever since these characters, Sarah Norman and James Leeds, first entered the public consciousness, we’ve been fascinated by their relationship to each other and the world around them. I think our appreciation for what Mark created with this play has only deepened with time.”
Joshua Jackson is known by many from his television and film roles which include The Affair, Years of Living Dangerously, Fringe, Dawson’s Creek, The Mighty Ducks, The Skulls, Cruel Intentions, and The Laramie Project. Lauren Ridloff’s recent credits include a role in the film Wonderstruck (2017) and the John Legend music video, “Love Me Now.” She has also appeared in the ASL instructional video series, Sign Naturally and in various sign language publications as a sign language model.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.