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Children of a Lesser God Summary
Mark Medoff

Everything you need to understand or teach Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff.

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Children of a Lesser God Summary


Mark Medoff wrote Children of a Lesser God specifically for the actress Phyllis Frehch. The play is important historically because it includes a lead role for a deaf performer in a drama designed for the hearing theater audience. Unlike some of Medoff s earlier plays, such as The Wager and When You CominBack, Red Ryder?, Children of a Lesser God examines communication problems, psychological stress, and emotional abuse, but does so without the threat of physical violence or guns. The play earned Medoff a Tony award in 1980. In 1986, a film version of the play, written by Medoff, was released; the film starred William Hurt as James and Marlee Matlin, who earned an Academy Award for her performance as Sarah.

Sign language is integral to the play. Sarah signs but does not speak aloud until the climactic scene toward the end of the play. When conversing with Sarah, James will...

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