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Mark Medoff (1940–2019)

Forfatter af Children of a Lesser God

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Mark Medoff was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois on March 18, 1940. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and a master's degree from Stanford University. He began teaching English at New Mexico State in 1966 and taught there for more than 50 years. He wrote more than 30 plays vis mere including When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, The Wager, The Hands of Its Enemy, Gila, Road to a Revolution, The Heart Outright, and Prymate. Children of a Lesser God won the Tony Award for best play in 1980. He also wrote screenplays including Clara's Heart. He died from cancer on April 23, 2019 at the age of 79. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Mark Medoff, Mark Howard Medoff

Værker af Mark Medoff

Children of a Lesser God (1980) 229 eksemplarer
When You Comin' Back Red Ryder?. (1974) 60 eksemplarer
Children of a Lesser God [1986 film] (1986) — Screenwriter — 52 eksemplarer
The Wager. (1707) 41 eksemplarer
Dreams of Long Lasting (1992) 21 eksemplarer
City of Joy [1992 film] (2004) — Screenwriter — 20 eksemplarer
Good Guys Wear Black [1978 film] (1978) — Writer — 16 eksemplarer
Four Short Plays. (1974) 7 eksemplarer
The Heart Outright. (1990) 5 eksemplarer
Stumps - Acting Edition (1995) 4 eksemplarer
Clara's Heart [1988 film] (1988) — Writer — 3 eksemplarer

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Target audience: Ages 14 and up

The play focuses on the romance and marriage between a sensitive but spirited deaf girl, Sarah, and her devoted (and hearing) young speech therapist, James, whom she meets at a school for the deaf. At first, their relationship seems happy as they try to understand each other's needs and feelings. As the relationship progresses, however, Sarah becomes adamant for the rights of the deaf and rejects indications that is being patronized and pitied. In the end, the gap between sound and silence is too vast to cross. But the great love between Sarah and James holds hope of reconciliation.

The subject of the play is poignant and powerful: a hearing-impaired woman's struggle for acceptance in a hearing world. It is deeply moving and beautifully written. The most memorable quote from Sarah: "It is a silence full of sound." After reading the play, I find it difficult to think about people with hearing disabilities in quite the same way. It leaves a huge impact on me. The play, however, is a little confusing because it has many scenes taking place at the same time. In addition, the romance between James and Sarah moves a little too rapidly. Fortunately, the flaws are too few to shadow the play's greatness. It is an eye-opener and I highly recommend it in every type of library.
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ptnguyen | Nov 25, 2010 |
This is a great play that really gets into the dynamics of deaf-hearing relationships. This play is also a good example of the culturally Deaf view of oralism. I loved the emotion of the charcters.
Saieeda | 2 andre anmeldelser | Dec 28, 2009 |
A play about a 26 year old deaf woman who refuses to speak from fear of how she might sound to others. The new teacher, James, at the deaf school where she is a maid, falls in love with and tries to change her stubborness. This is a difficult book to read because every word and sentence Sarah speaks is repeated by James. She is deaf and he is hearing. It becomes quite repetitive and hard to follow. However, it may be good for a play for older high schoolers due to some sexual references.
d_jones | 2 andre anmeldelser | May 5, 2008 |



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