Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God, will return to Broadway this spring for the first time since its Tony Award-winning premiere production. Starring Joshua Jackson and introducing Lauren Ridloff, both making their Broadway debuts, and directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, Children of a Lesser God will begin performances at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street) on Thursday, March 22nd. Opening night is set for Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
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. Its 1980 original Broadway production earned a Tony Award for Medoff (Best Play), as well as for the two leads: John Rubinstein and Phyllis Frelich. Its London transfer went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play. The acclaimed 1986 film adaptation starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin further solidified the title’s place in the American canon and earned Matlin the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Frelich and Matlin remain, to this day, the only deaf actresses to have ever won the Tony and Academy Awards for leading roles, respectively.
Producer Hal Luftig stated “Despite having more modes of communication at our collective fingertips than ever before, true connection has never seemed so elusive. It has been more than thirty-five years since this play first premiered, and its themes are as resonant today as ever.”
Mr. Leon first directed this production of Children of a Lesser God at the Berkshire Theater Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage during the 2017 Summer Season in an engagement that garnered rave reviews and shattered box office records.
Joshua Jackson (James Leeds) stars alongside Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Maura Tierney in the Golden Globe Award-winning television series, “The Affair” on Showtime. Jackson was recently seen in the National Geographic Channel’s Emmy Award-winning documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously. He previously starred on FOX’s hit show “Fringe” created by J.J. Abrams, and recently made a cameo appearance in the Netflix Original, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Recent feature film roles include: starring roles opposite Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta Jones in Lay the Favorite for director Stephen Frears and Inescapable opposite Marisa Tomei. In 2010, Jackson received the 2010 Best Actor Genie Award for his starring role in the Canadian Independent feature film, One Week. Jackson was seen as part of the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed film Bobby for director Emilio Estevez, and starred in the psychological thriller Shutter for 20th Century Fox/New Regency, which was shot on location in Tokyo. Additionally, Jackson enjoyed a successful run on London’s West End, starring in A Life in the Theatre alongside Patrick Stewart. The acclaimed comedy was written by the Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award-winning and Oscar Award-nominated, David Mamet. Jackson recently starred in the Off Broadway play Smart People at Second Stage Theatre that told the story of four Harvard intellectuals finding themselves entangled in a complex web of social politics. Well known as “Dawson’s Creek”’s fast-talking, self-deprecating Pacey Witter, Jackson has been working in front of the camera for over twenty years. His feature film debut was in Michael Bortman’s Crooked Hearts, which he followed up with The Mighty Ducks trilogy, Digger and Andre the Seal. Jackson starred in Universal Pictures’ The Skulls, and more recently in Rose Troche’s acclaimed drama The Safety of Objects, the HBO Films version of Moises Kaufman’s groundbreaking play The Laramie Project and in Regent Films’ Aurora Borealis, as a troubled young man opposite Donald Sutherland. He had noted cameos in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11, Scream 2, Urban Legend and I Love Your Work. His additional feature film credits include Sky, Cursed, Gossip, Bryan Singer’s Apt Pupil and Cruel Intentions. A Vancouver native, Jackson divides his time between his hometown and Los Angeles.
Lauren Ridloff (Sarah Norman). Recent credits include a role in the film Wonderstruck (2017) and John Legend’s music video, “Love Me Now.” She has appeared in the ASL instructional video series, Sign Naturally and in various sign language publications as a sign language model. A former Miss Deaf America, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, a Masters of Arts in Education and a torch for American Sign Language.