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The Woodford Theatre production of Children of a Lesser God was canceled one week prior to opening in order to protect everyone during the COVID-19 crisis.


by Mark Medoff, directed by Rowen Haigh


March 20-22 and 27-29  /  April 2-5, 2020   (PG13)

Winner of the Tony Award, the Olivier Award, and the Drama Desk Award as best play on Broadway of the season, 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.


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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; 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. However, 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.

Woodford Theatre

Versailles, Kentucky.


Samantha Fowler      

Brad Ulrey  

Sara Lynn

Ben McGirt

Elizabeth Gibson

Lizzy Royce    

Elizabeth Charron            

Keara Beck Ortt




Sarah Norman

James Leeds

Orin Dennis

Mr. Franklin

Mrs. Norman

Edna Klein


ASL interpreter/

ASL shadow for

James Leeds


Rowen Haigh    

Emma Becker

Emily Lawrence              

Dawn Connerley          

Vanessa Becker Weig 


Stage Manager

Assist. Stage Manager

Technical Directorr


Costume Design


Properties Design

Set Design

Lighting Design

Asst. Lighting Design

Caption Design


Robin Dickerson &        Darlene Drayer

Barbara Clifton    

Dawn Connerley

Clifton Grimm

Ali Ray



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