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Children of a Lesser God
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Show Summary - Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God is a play written by Mark Medoff, originally published in 1979. The story concerns the relationship between a new teacher named James Leeds, and a former student at a school for the deaf, who is deaf herself, named Sarah Norman. The play premiered on Broadway in 1980, winning two Tony Awards: those for Best Play, and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for John Rubenstein, who played James.

In the summer of 2017, Children of a Lesser God enjoyed a well-received revival at the Berkshire Theatre Group, running from June 22, 2017 to July 22, 2017, directed by Kenny Leon. It is this production that transfers to Broadway. The lead role of James Leeds is played by Joshua Jackson making his Broadway debut. Jackson is well known for his screen performances, including the role of Pacey on the television show Dawson’s Creek, as well as films such as Cruel Intentions, Ocean’s Eleven, Americano, Shadows in the Sun, Aurora Borealis, and One Week.

Jackson’s stage debut was in 2005 in London’s West End, where he starred opposite Patrick Stewart in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. In his Broadway debut in Children of a Lesser God, Jackson stars opposite Lauren Ridloff, also making her Broadway debut, whose films credits include Wonderstruck, If You Could Hear My Own Tune, and Sign Gene. The show runs at the Studio 54 Theatre, and is produced by Hal Luftig.
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Noteworthy Dates For The Show

Previews Begin: 03/22/18
Show Opens: 04/11/18
Show Closes: Open Ended
Number of Performances: 8 Shows per week
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Should You See Children of a Lesser God On Broadway?

Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson in Children of a Lesser God

What Is Children of a Lesser God Like?

When Children of a Lesser God premiered in 1980 on Broadway, it was a critical success and blew audiences away. This production is directed by Kenny Leon, who won a Tony Award for his direction of the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and whose other Broadway directorial include Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf, Fences, The Mountaintop, Stick Fly, and Holler if Ya Hear Me. He is one of the most exciting directors working today, and while he has generally specialized in works involving the African American experience, he tackles a new challenge with Children of a Lesser God. While this production does star a black actress, its main themes do not involve racial politics, but rather sexual politics in addition to disability politics. Lauren Ridloff, who is deaf in real life, is a former Deaf Miss America, and was reviewed as “a sensational find” in the New York Times for her original performance in this role.

Is Children of a Lesser God Good for Kids?

The show is most appropriate for those over the age of 12.  Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.
  • Joshua Jackson headshot
  • Director Kenny Leon headshot
  • Lauren Ridloff headshot
  • Author Mark Medoff
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Cast Members:

Joshua Jackson
Lauren Ridloff

Broadway Theatre:

Studio 54 Theatre
254 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Theatre Landlord:
Roundabout Theatre Company

54th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues

Studio 54 Theater Box Office Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday & Monday: 10am - 6pm

Seating Map:
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Show Duration:



Hal Luftig
The Shubert Organization

Staff and Creative Team:

General Manager:
Richards Climan Inc
Casting Director:
Telsey + Company
Advertising Representative:
Serino Coyne
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Production Credits:

Kenny Leon (Direction)
Mark Medoff (Book) 
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Parking For This Theatre:

The closest parking garage for the Studio 54 Theater is located at:
ICON Reality Parking
281 West 53th Street
New York, NY 10019
ICON Matinee 52
215 W 52 Street
New York, NY 10019
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.