This area has had a long love affair with the late NMSU-based playwright and screenwriter Mark Medoff and Children of a Lesser God, his best-known play and movie. The Tony Award-winning play debuted at New Mexico State University before its successful Broadway run. Medoff based it on the real-life relationship of a deaf actress and her hearing husband. In the movie, William Hurt plays the speech therapist who butts heads with, and falls in love with, an insular deaf custodian. Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, won an Oscar for her compelling portrayal, and Medoff’s adapted screenplay also was nominated for an Oscar. Medoff appeared with the movie at the 2014 Plaza Classic Film Festival. It returns as part of our three-film tribute (the others are City of Joy and Clara’s Heart, with an appearance by star Kathleen Quinlan) to our friend, who passed away on April 23.
Tickets are on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply.)