Children of a Lesser God

Drama - Original

Longacre Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: March 22, 1980
  • Opening Date: March 30, 1980
  • Closing Date: May 16, 1982
  • Previews: 9
  • Performances: 887

Playwright: Mark Medoff

Synopsis

A speech therapist who works at a school for the deaf attempts to teach the school's deaf cleaning woman to speak and read lips. They fall in love, but she refuses to learn speech, which complicates their relationship.

 

Opening Night Cast

Phyllis Frelich in Children of a Lesser God Phyllis Frelich Sarah Norman
John Rubinstein in Children of a Lesser God John Rubinstein James Leeds
Scotty Bloch Mrs. Norman
William Frankfather Mr. Franklin
Julianne Gold Lydia
Lucy Martin in Children of a Lesser God Lucy Martin Edna Klein
Lewis Merkin Orin Dennis
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Mark Medoff Writer
Gordon Davidson Gordon Davidson Director
  Thomas A. Walsh Scenic Design
  Nancy Potts Costume Design
  Tharon Musser Lighting Design
  Jose VĂ©ga General Manager
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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1980 Outstanding Actor in a Play John Rubinstein Winner
1980 Outstanding Actress in a Play Phyllis Frelich Nominee
1980 Outstanding Director of a Play Gordon Davidson Nominee
1980 Outstanding Lighting Design Tharon Musser Nominee
1980 Outstanding New Play   Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1980 Outstanding Debut Performance Phyllis Frelich Winner
1980 Outstanding New Broadway Play   Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1980 Actor in a Play John Rubinstein Winner
1980 Actress in a Play Phyllis Frelich Winner
1980 Direction of a Play Gordon Davidson Nominee
1980 Play   Winner
 
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