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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Lane Press Ltd (Mar. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906399327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906399323
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... a riveting piece of drama ... I can't recall any other play that makes it so clear that the so-called handicapped have their own code, their own ethos, their own pride." -- Michael Billington, The Guardian

...Medoff's writing often rises beyond the well-made, particularly in his no-nonsense approach to the less palatable facts of his subject... -- Steve Grant, Time Out

...a complex and beautiful play... -- Milton Shulman, Standard

...a riveting piece of drama... -- Michael Billington, The Guardian

...stunning... -- Michael Coveney, Financial Times

...the play gives you an insight into deafness you've probably never experienced before. -- Sue Jameson, London Broadcasting

I was enthralled by this unusual love story. -- John Barber, Daily Telegraph


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Sarah Norman who refuse to use her voice and her future husband try to find out why she doesn't want to speak at all. I absolute love Sarah's speech - "My hands are my voice" which is powerful quote! I think deaf ladies would absolute love it and deaf men could be too.
I first noticed Children of a Lesser God movie when I was in my early youth, as I'm deaf actress and I'm look for an audition as I remember about this old movie. In the script of Children of a Lesser God was so difference from the movie BUT it's still very good play I've ever read it. I can feel so same as Sarah Norman's character experience. (Not now - I'm decision to use my voice for my career's sake!!)
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Saw the film and thought it was superb. I usually read novels, but was enthralled by this production. An absolutely outstanding read for someone looking for a bit of class.
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Used this book for a reference book for uni, arrived in great time and in great condition. I really like this play
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1c56e84) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0xa26a430c) out of 5 stars A Landmark Drama 7 Feb. 2007
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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Written in the late 1970s and debuting on Broadway in 1980, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD began as Mark Medoff's response to actress Phyllis Frelich's comment that few plays portrayed deaf and hearing-impaired people in a realistic manner. The resulting play shattered stereotypes and, in a very real sense, changed the way that society in general regarded people with hearing disabilities.

The story centers on the relationship between hearing James Leeds and deaf Sarah Norman, the former a teacher, the later a defiant woman who declines to communicate in any way other than sign language. Initial hostility turns into an affair; the affair turns into a marriage--but in the wake of the marriage the couple is repeatedly torn between the deaf and hearing worlds and Sarah's sudden determination that no one shall speak for her but herself.

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, which won an arm-load of Tony Awards, was among the very few non-musical plays that toured extensively in the 1980s. I myself had the opportunity to see one such tour and was startled when a group seated near me walked out on the show. "I thought this was going to be a play about those dear little deaf children!" a woman in the group loudly complained. No, it isn't, and after seeing or reading it you will find it difficult to think about people with hearing disabilities--or any other disability for that matter--in quite the same way. It is powerful stuff.

Many non-theatre people find playscripts difficult to read, and in truth playscripts are a blueprint for directors and actors and not intended as reading material for the general public. This is preface to the very basic statement that some plays "read" well and some do not. I must note that many readers may find it difficult to imagine how it is staged and how the sign language and various translation modes work on stage. It will be a bit of a challenge to some, but even so I strongly recommend it.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2deca8c) out of 5 stars A Real Eye-Opener 24 April 2000
By Chase Erwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Our school recently did a one-act play version of "Children of a Lesser God." Let me say that the subject is very embracing: a hearing-impaired woman's struggle for acceptance in a hearing world. I find that the most qouted line in our play was from Sarah: "It is a silence full of sound." Truthfully, the most gut-wrenching scene is near the end, as the two main characters have an argument over lip-reading as opposed to signing. If you'll take my opinion, you should definately purchase this playbook. I considered it to be a real eye-opener.
HASH(0xa2958980) out of 5 stars Children of a Lesser God-Good read 23 April 2014
By Anne Stickles - Published on Amazon.com
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I read straight through this one. It is different, but, is fun learning about other people in society.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24f275c) out of 5 stars A Play worth Performing! Stunning Content 30 April 2000
By Chase Erwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Our school recently did a one-act play version of "Children of a Lesser God." Let me say that the subject is very embracing: a hearing-impaired woman's struggle for acceptance in a hearing world. I find that the most qouted line in our play was from Sarah: "It is a silence full of sound." Truthfully, the most gut-wrenching scene is near the end, as the two main characters have an argument over lip-reading as opposed to signing. If you'll take my opinion, you should definately purchase this playbook. I considered it to be a real eye-opener.
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HASH(0xa1d16c3c) out of 5 stars Publisher's Comments 25 Aug. 2008
By Ida Lizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
THE REVIEWS: Winner of the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award as best play of the season. A success both on Broadway and at the Mark Taper Forum, in Los Angeles, this deeply moving, beautifully written play details the romance and marriage of a sensitive but spirited deaf girl and the devoted (and hearing) young teacher whom she meets at a school for the deaf. "CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, in short and in sum, is the season's unexpected find, a play unlike any other and immensely likable in its self-assertion." --NY Times. "CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD is an extraordinary play--illuminating, consistently interesting and moving." --Variety. "In any season this play would be a major event, a play of great importance, absorbing and interesting, full of love, understanding and passion." --NY Post. "...an authentic work of art." --The New Yorker.

THE STORY: After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, with little success, to help Sarah, but gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy and glowing one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other's needs and feelings, but discord soon develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being patronized and pitied. In the end the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross...but love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that, in the final essence, can unite as well as divide.
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