Children of a Lesser God won the 1980 Tony for Best Play and ran for more than two years and 880 performances at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. The show about a hearing speech teacher at a school for the deaf who falls for a deaf custodian was turned into a 1986 feature directed by Randa Haines. The film starred William Hurt and Marlee Matlin, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the role. Hurt and supporting actress Piper Laurie also scored Oscar noms, and the film was up for Best Picture but lost to Platoon.
A revival of Children of a Lesser God played on the Main Stem for six weeks last year. Medoff also penned Prymate,