Children of a Lesser God at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
I had been looking forward to sitting in the audience of Hope Summer Rep's CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD since 2019. The first attempt at the production was canceled due to Covid-19, and when Lenny Banovez asked me to join the 2021 team as associate director, I was thrilled to be a part of a team that was prioritizing the full and equitable participation of disabled artists.
Our director, Michelle, has now been involved in seven productions of CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, but this was her first time as director. After a last-minute actor replacement, she played Sarah as well. I learned so much from Michelle about her experience as "an actor who happens to be deaf," and her work in many states, across many mediums, all alongside her perfect puppy, Annabelle. Check out her website here to learn more about her work as a writer, director, director of artistic sign language, producer, and deaf consultant. She also has her first two episodes up of her webseries REAL which has been at a bunch of film festivals in the last year and is hilarious. Please watch and support this work!