'Children of a Lesser God' Returning to Broadway

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Kenny Leon

Tony winner Kenny Leon will stage the 1980 play revival, scheduled for the 2015-16 season

Mark Medoff's drama about the hard-won breakthrough of a teacher for the deaf with a reluctant student, Children of a Lesser God, will be seen in a Broadway revival as part of the 2015-16 season.

Kenny Leon, who won a Tony Award this year for his work on A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, will stage the production, casting for which will be announced at a later date. Hal Luftig (Kinky Boots) is lead producer. 

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The original Broadway production of Medoff's 1980 play ran more than two years, winning Tonys for best play, lead actor John Rubinstein and lead actress Phyllis Frelich, whose own story served as the drama's inspiration.

The 1986 screen adaptation won a best actress Oscar for Marlee Matlin and scored nominations for best picture, for Matlin's co-stars William Hurt and Piper Laurie, and for the screenplay by Hesper Anderson and Medoff.

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The play's troubled central character is Sarah Norman, a once promising student at a school for the deaf whose reluctance to navigate the difficulties of the hearing world has prompted her to remain at the institution as a cleaner. But a dynamic new teacher, James Leeds, forces her to push herself beyond sign language to communicate, their relationship gradually developing into a conflicted romance.

The upcoming production will be the play's first Broadway revival.

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