Pittsfield, MA– Berkshire Theatre Group presents the Tony Award-winning Children of a Lesser God, directed by Tony Award-winner, Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun). Children of a Lesser God runs from June 22 through July 22at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, MA. Opening night is set for Saturday, June 24 at 8pm.
In today’s culture, there are endless methods of communication. Are we truly listening to one another? At the core of the Tony Award-winning Children of a Lesser God, written by Tony Award-winner Mark Medoff, is a poignant story about human communication, connection and compromise. This production features Lauren Ridloff as Sarah Norman (Wonderstruck; former Miss Deaf America), Joshua Jackson as James Leeds (The Affair, Dawson’s Creek, Fringe; Film: Cruel Intentions, Lay The Favorite; West End: A Life In The Theatre; Off-Broadway: Smart People), John McGinty as Orin Dennis (Deaf West Theatre’s Pippin), Tony Award-winner Stephen Spinella as Mr. Franklin (Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, James Joyce’s The Dead), Kecia Lewis as Mrs. Norman (Once on this Island, The Drowsy Chaperone, Leap of Faith), Treshelle Edmond as Lydia (Deaf West’s Spring Awakening; TV: Glee), and Julee Cerda as Edna Klein (The Bloodline of Shadrick Grace; Film: Passenger).
After joining the staff at a school for the deaf, speech therapist with an unorthodox approach to education, James, played by Joshua Jackson, becomes infatuated by Sarah, a vivacious, yet delicate, deaf woman, played by Lauren Ridloff. James tries to help Sarah, a school dropout, navigate her way through the hearing world, however Sarah finds solace in her sphere of silence. Yearning to understand each other, yet set in their ways, a romance unfolds as the two attempt to communicate their heart’s desires not only to one another, but with the world around them.
Open Captioning is scheduled for every performance of Children of a Lesser God. A section of the orchestra—house left, close to the stage—is reserved to provide the best sight line for those wishing to use this service. These seats are available by calling the Box Office (413) 997-4444, or by reserving online, in which case Open Captioning designated seats will appear with an “i” on the seating map. Open Captioning is a text display of all of the words and sounds heard during a production—very similar to closed captioning on your TV. The following are ASL interpreted performance dates: Saturday, June 24th at 8pm; Monday, June 26th at 7pm; Wednesday, July 12th at 2pm and Friday, July 21stat 8pm.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge; by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday–Saturday10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.
Children of a Lesser God
by Mark Medoff
directed by Kenny Leon
at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 83 East Main Street
Previews: Thursday, June 22 through Friday, June 23
Opening Night: Saturday, June 24 at 8pm
Talkback: Monday, June 26 after 7pm performance
Closing: Saturday, July 22 at 8pm
Tickets: Preview: $45
Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, 37 Interlaken Road Project; The Shubert Foundation; The Westfield News Group; David and Susan Auerbach; Natalie and Howard Shawn; Country Curtains, The Red Lion Inn and Blantyre
Children of a Lesser God Cast (in order of appearance):
Lauren Ridloff as Sarah Norman
Joshua Jackson as James Leeds
John McGinty as Orin Dennis
Stephen Spinella as Mr. Franklin
Kecia Lewis as Mrs. Norman
Treshelle Edmond as Lydia
Julee Creda as Edna Klein
About Berkshire Theatre Group
The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. In 2010, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, the two organizations merged to form Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Every year, BTG produces and presents performances to over 68,000 attendees and, through our Educational Program, serves over 13,000 Berkshire County schoolchildren annually. BTG’s celebrated stages reflect the history of the American theatre; they represent a priceless cultural resource for the community.