Jhett Tolentino’s “Children of a Lesser God” receives high praise
NEW YORK CITY — Three-time Tony-winning Broadway producer, Jhett Tolentino, is back on the Great White Way – doing what he does best.
His latest production, Children of a Lesser God, is nominated for several Drama League awards…including best revival play.
Children of a Lesser God is a story about an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf who fell for a very remarkable student.
Joshua Jackson, who plays the lead role of teacher James Leeds, has been nominated for the distinguished performance award.
While Lauren Ridloff, who plays Sarah Norman, is also nominated for distinguished performance.
The original production debuted on Broadway in 1980.
“Mark Medoff, a brilliant writer, 38 years ago put pen to paper and at that time, it was about introducing deaf community to the hearing community – 38 years later it is now about how we don’t listen to each other,” said director Kenny Leon. “Cross-racial, cultural, political. Social barriers.”
“It is a must see, because it is about communication,” says Ben Vereen. “We need to need to fil in the gap that we understand each other. we need to get people out of Facebook and into life.”
The play stars real-life deaf actors.
“I am so excited to bring the deaf community into this production, I learned so much, I have grown as a person,” said Leon. “I think that Broadway can do more to engage the community, not just once every three weeks, but every show, every night.”
The 2 hour 20 minutes show is staged at Studio 54 theater.