Episode from the podcastTwo Way Street

Tony-Award Winning Director Kenny Leon On His “Children Of A Lesser God” Revival

Released Thursday, 22nd March 2018
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On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re talking to Tony-award winning director, Kenny Leon , about his Broadway revival of the play, “ Children of a Lesser God .” “Children of a Lesser God” is a love story between a hearing man and a deaf woman. For his revival, Leon decided to learn sign language. And when it came time to cast the show, he began wondering—could his deaf sign language teacher, Lauren Ridloff , make the perfect leading lady? Hear why he took that chance—and how it paid off—on this "Two Way Street.” We also learn about Lauren's husband, Douglas Ridloff , who is a deaf slam poet. Plus—a conversation about the poet Gwendolyn Brooks . As one of the 20th century’s most influential and highly-regarded poets, Brooks was Illinois’ poet laurate and the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. Quraysh Ali Lansana joins us to discuss the life and work of Brooks. Lansana is a former student of Brooks and one of the editors of a volume called “ Revise the Psalm: Work

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