Illinois College presents “Children of a Lesser God”


Illinois College TheatreWorks presents “Children of a Lesser God” directed by Nancy Taylor Porter, opening on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in McGaw Fine Arts Center’s Sibert Theatre.

“Children of a Lesser God” is based on the true story of a deaf actress and her hearing husband. Overcoming her initial wariness, James (played by senior Matt Gwaltney) finally wins the heart of the intriguing Sarah (played by senior Kelsey McFarren). But their happiness splinters under the strain of different needs and judgments rooted in the divide between the hearing and deaf worlds. Can they truly understand and support one another, bridge the gap between them? As they learn to see themselves and their partners more clearly, they yearn for a place to love and live together between sound and silence.

Working closely with interpreter Chuck Nash and consultant Nancy Kelly Jones as well as casting a child of deaf adults (Zanna Folster), Taylor Porter chose the play partly to “make a connection with our ISD (Illinois School for the Deaf) neighbors.” She hopes to create a better understanding of the deaf world as well as bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf worlds. “Children of a Lesser God” will be ASL interpreted by Nancy Scott at the Saturday, April 27, performance at 7:30 p.m.

The dates for this production are Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. To reserve tickets please call the Illinois College TheatreWorks Box Office at 217.245.3471 or click here to purchase online. General public tickets are $7. Admission is free for Illinois College students, faculty and staff, and MacMurray College students.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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