Children of a Lesser God

“A play (1979) by the US dramatist Mark Medoff (b. 1940) about the efforts of a hearing therapist to develop a relationship with a profoundly deaf young woman who refuses all offers of help. Written especially for the deaf actress Phyllis Frelich, it was filmed with Marlee Matlin, also deaf, in 1986. The title refers to the tendency of people with good hearing to dismiss the hearing impaired as inferior beings.”

Excerpted from: Crofton, Ian, ed. Brewer’s Curious Titles. London: Cassell, 2002.

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